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VOL. 171 No. 9 



NEW YORK, WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 4, 1948 



PRICE 25 CENTS 



RADIO'S FIND: FE MME COMICS 

%dios Decide War Shock Over, 
^jmch New Series of Battle films 



Giveaways as Top B.O. Attraction 
For Pix Houses, 1-Nighters, Fairs 



Show business' biggest boxofficef 
factor may well be giveaways. With ' 
"Stop the Music" the second high- 
est Hooperated air show and one 
of the top vaudeville grossers of 
the year at the Capitol theatre, 
N. Y. other entertainment fields 
are studying the Santa Claus show 
as a hypo to lagging trade through- 
out the country. 

Giveaways, until recently con- 
' fined to radio, has not edged itself 
into theatres, and is set to invade 
one-nighters and fairs. 
. Latest development is the Olsen 
& Johnson lineup for the Cana- 
dian National Exposition, Toronto, 
which starts today (4). The comics 
have lined up a sizable amount of 
merchandise, including automo- 
biles to be given away at that out- 
door event. " 

Ray Anthony band is lining up 
one-night stands on- the basis of 
having a variation of "Stop the 
Music." His "Melody Time" to be 
featured . in all ballrooms played 
by him, will give away prizes 
snagged from national advertisers 
and local merchants, as bait "for 
increased admissions. A spokesman 
for General Artists Corp., booking 
Anthony, says that one-night prb- 
(Continued on page 55J 



Hillbillies to Decide 
Fate of Congressional 
Race in Ozark Region 

St. Louis, Aug. 3. 

Radio hillbillies are doing okay 
in a hotly contested Congressional 
race in the Seventh Missouri (Oz- 
ark region) District as two candi- 
dates for the Republican nomina- 
tion have hired the mountain lads 
to hypo their cause. 

The incumbent Dewey Short is 
relying on "Slim Pickins" Wil- 
liams, out of Springfield, Mo., and 
his .opponent, Quentin Haden, has 
enlisted the histrionic talent of his 
"Uncle Carr" Haden family, cous- 
ins of his and who have a large 
radio following in the Missouri 
hills. ' 

The hill folks opine they have 
been receiving more entertainment 
in this campaign than ever before 
and they like it. 



ARTIE SHAW'S CONCERT 
TOUR WITH RAY LEV 

Artie Shaw, who broke up his 
band some years back, is following 
another licorice-stick wielder, 
Benny Goodman, into longhair 
music. Shaw • has tentatively 
mapped a concert tour with Ray 
Lev, w.k. concert pianist. Shaw 
will perform clarinet concerti, 
specializing on Mozart and Hinde- 
mith. 

Formation of another name band 
by Shaw is apparently out because 
the salary nut and overhead on a 
top-bracket musical array is cur- 
rently too high. 



N.Y. Times-Life Tolerance 
Slant on Joe Louis Biog 

New York Times and Life mag 
will give Joe Louis the "Winston 
Churchill treatment" in publishing 
the heavyweight champ's serialized 
biography this fall. Louis will 
receive $100,000 from the Times, 
which is opening its columns to the 
pug's saga as a boost to racial tol- 
erance. 

As .with the Churchill memoirs, 
the paper will distribute the biog 
to other sheets through its syndi- 
cate. Life mag's price for the 
rights has not been disclosed. 



New D. C. Legit's 
Non-Segregation 

Washington, Aug. 3. 

The Strand, 3,000-seat film house, 
may be sold to legit interests and 
again give the Capital a stage 
stand. Theatre, formerly the Acad- 
emy of Music, is being sought by 
Joseph Curtis, "son of Columbia 
Pictures vice-prez Jack Cohn, and 
by the American National Theatre 
& Academy. Asking price for the 
property is $400,000. Present owner 
is Marcus Notes, 

The theatre, originally built for 
legit shows, would be operated on 
a non-segregation policy, which 
would put it on the okay list with 
Actors Equity, whose regulation 
forbidding its members from ap- 
pearing in a Jim Crow house' in 
this city became effective Aug. 1. 
This would bring stage productions 
(Continued on page 18) 



U.S. Newsreels Ired By 
Poor First Shots Of 
(Rank's Excl.) Olympiad 

The Anglo-American feud over 
newsreel coverage of the Olympic 
Games in England, apparently 
ended and forgotten with the sign- 
ing for pool coverage by J. Arthur 
Rank, exploded into actipn again 
yesterday (Tues.) when the first 
clips on the event reached U.S. 
shores. The blowoff came, accord- 
ing to toppers of the five Yank 
newsreei companies," following in- 
spection of the footage which dis- 
closed only several hundred feet 
(Continued on page 18) 



FRIGIDAIRES VICE ACTORS? 

The giveaway show is regarded 
by members of the American 
Guild of Variety Artists as severe 
competition to live entertainers. 

At a meeting of the union held 
yesterday (Tues.) at the Capitol 
hotel, N. Y., performers present 
agreed that they could be replaced 
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Out of the current amb, 
gramming pattern beinr, 
at CBS is emerging a • 
school of comedienne^ ' 

At a time whe. 
increasing awareness 
within the industry ? 
lay listeners of tK 
fresh crop of ma- 
could some day rep 
Bennys, Cantors an, 
quite by accident, 
formula that has, 
jected into the limel. 
three potentially bigv 
air stars. 

These are Marie V. 
hit the comedy jackpot . 
time up in radio Via "ffi^ 
Irma"; Lucille Ball, who bv___ 
the CBS house-built "My Favorite 
Husband," and Eve Arden, star of 
"Our Miss Brooks." AU the shows 
are situation comedies, peculiarly 
patterned to the talents of the 
femmes. And on the basis of an 
audition platter cut last week, 
, : (Continued on page 53) 

Hughes Wants No 
'Messages in Pix; 
Viz, 'Green Hair 

Hollywood, Aug. 3. 

Dore Schary's pet project at 
RKO, "The Boy With Green Hair," 
is reportedly taking a trimming. 
New owner Howard Hughes, since 
resignation of the former produc- 
tion chief, is understood to have 
ordered that the entire tolerance 
message be chopped from the film. 

"Boy With Green Hair" is a 
fantasy designed by Schary to 
point up the plight of minority 
groups. Lad in question is a sym- 
bol. He was born, through no fault 
of. his own, with a mop of hair 
that was different in color from 
all the other people of the world. 
Thus he was a minority and he 
was persecuted for no other reason 
than that his hair was green. 

Idea was looked upon wittf great 
favor by all those Hollywoodians 
(Continued on page 2) 



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Ex-War Secy Patterson 
May Legally Rep ASCAP 

Robert W. Patterson, former 
Secretary of War and now presi- 
dent of the N.Y. Bar Association, 
may be named special counsel to 
the American Society of Compos- 
ers, Authors & Publishers at its 
board meeting today (Wed.) in N.Y. 
As such he would be more than le- 
gal counsel for the Society since 
his function would be vividly in- 
fluential on a broad public rela- 
-. (Continued on page 55) 



Set forV^al 

Any action to expand the activi- 
ties of the United Service Organi- 
zations and its entertainment aux- 
iliary, Veterans Hospital Camp 
Shows, is unlikely to be taken un- 
til the fall. 

Secretary of Defense Forrestal 
issued an order last week to re- 
activate the USO on a broader 
scale because of the new draft laws 
and the voluntary recruitment pro- 
gram. It's expected that USO will 
have to create facilities to take 
care of 2,000,000 troops perma- 
nently. 

It's expected that the six com- 
ponent organizations that during 
the war comprised the USO. will 
(Continued on page 53) 

Kapp a Life-Saver 

London, Aug. 3. 

Jack Kapp, U. S. Decca prexy, 
brought 80 grams of streptomycin 
to save the life of the brother of 
John Bryan, film art director: 

Customs officer told Kapp: "You 
are a messenger of mercy." 



By WHITNEY WILLIAMS 

Hollywood, Aug. 3. 
, Deluge of war pictures is slated 
for the cameras, with couple al- 
ready and several ' more on the 
way. It's the first time in several 
years that picture companies have 
beamed their efforts on yarns With 
World War II conflict background. 

At time late war ended, several 
such films, were prepped for pro- 
duction, but once hostilities ceased 
properties were immediately shel- 
ved. 

One producer stated that it 
would be five years before there 
would be another cycle of war. 
films, with others going on record 
that memory of the war would 
still be too poignant for any studio 
to chance a war picture for even 
longer. 

Apparently, three years were 
sufficient to dispell these fears that 
audiences wouldn't go for screen 
stories based on war. As long as 
a year ago, story departments of 
all the majors, and some of the 
(Conti nued on pa ge 53) 

Oscar Straus Abroad 
To Conduct, Also For 



Oscar Straus, the venerable 
Viennese composer, sails today 
(Wed.) for Paris on the S. S. Amer- 
ica, his first return to the republic 
which first gave him refuge when 
he fled the Nazis but who turned 
him out perforce in 1939. The 
composer of "The Chocolate 
Soldier," etc., will conduct a series 
of concerts in the French capital, 
Italy and Spain, and in October 
personally attend the world pre- 
miere of his latest operetta, "Here 
Comes the Waltz." 

Book is by Armin Robinson, an 
American, who did the libretto 
for Straus' "Three Waltzes." Com- 
poser isn't due back until mid- 
winter when he has a number of 
concert commitments in the U. S. 



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Wednesday, August 4, 1948 



British, French, Norwegian, Danish 
Film Subsidies Cut Further Into U. S. 



Hollywood, already fighting for* 
Hs life in the foreign field, is facing 
an overwhelmingly serious new 
spectre. It is nationalization of 
film industries abroad. Always a 
development that was feared, as 
one nation after another moved to- 
ward socialization, the spectre has 
suddenly become tangible in the 
past two weeks with four countries 
— Britain, France, Norway and 
Denmark— off ering subsidies to na- 
tive producers. 

In none of these countries is 
there direct nationalization or so- 
cialization of their production in- 
dustries. It doesn't take any ex- 
pert, however, at reading hand- 
writing on walls to see that that is 
only .a step removed from govern- 
ment financing of filmmakers, in 
the opinion of U. S. production and 
distribution execs. 

Not only are the loans to produ- 
cers seen as moves toward social- 
ization of native industries, but as 
the forerunner of a trend toward 
use of films as "instruments of na- 
tional policy" — in other words, pur- 
veyors of propaganda, such as they 
already are in all the Iron. Curtain 
countries and were in Germany 
and Italy. 

V.p. in charge of film loans for a 
large New York bank put his finger 
on this trend Monday (2). "When- 
ever we lend a producer money," 
he said, "we insist on seeing the 
shooting script. We make sure it 
•fits our idea of what will make a 
good picture. That is only common 
business prudence. If a govern- 
ment is doing the lending instead 
of a bank, there is no reason why 
(Continued on page 46) 



French film Pact Set? 

Paris, Aug. 3. 

Gerald Bj **, chief of the Mo- 
tion Picture Assn. of America's in- 
ternational division, -who has been 
in Paris for the last two months 
hammering out revisions of the 
Blum-Byrnes pact with French of- 
ficials, leaves for the U, S. tomor- 
row (Wed.), by boat, accompanied 
by his wife. 

It's understood Mayer reached an 
agreement with the French for the 
U.S. film industry. 



SHOWFOLK BACK FROM 
ABROAD TODAY (WED.) 

Several show biz names are due 
to arrive in New York today 
(Wed.) on the Queen Elizabeth. 
Duke Ellington is returning after 
8 solo concert tour of Britain and 
France, as is music publisher Jack 
Bobbins, who went abroad last 
month on a combined business- 
vacation trip. 

Other passengers include band- 
leader Kay Kyser and his wife, 
Georgia Carroll, back from vaca- 
tions in London and Paris. List is 
rounded out by radio comedian Pe- 
ter Donald, also returning from 
an European vacation; actor Rob- 
ert Morley and E. R. (Ted) Lewis, 
prexy of the London Gramophone 
Corp. and director of Decca Rec- 
ords, Ltd. 



Toots Shot's Projection 
Rooms; 400G Expansion 

When Toots Shor premieres his 
enlarged restaurant on West 51 
street, N. Y., in September, it will 
represent an additional investment 
of over $400,000 and include the 
building adjoining the present 51 
W. 51 location. Backed by the late 
Leo Justin, eastern theatre owner, 
whose widow and a syndicate of 
four own 50% as against Shor's 
80%, the midtown eatery in a few 
years has become a national land- 
mark and its host a personality. 

Shor will be compelled to shut- 
ter the last two or three weeks in 
August in order to facilitate the 
final touch which includes a top- 
floor projection rooms adjustable 
to three different sizes; a radio 
broadcasting room for sports pick- 
ups (due to the dominant sports 
character of the establishment); an 
enlarged bar, waiting rooms, 
separate kitchens, etc' A proposal 
for a television room has been 
nixed by the host who, while he 
thinks TV at the moment helps 
rather than hurts sporting events, 
still feels it unfair to keep cus- 
tomers away from important 
games, fights, etc. 

Toots Shor's eatery is one of the 
signal bistro successes in Ameri- 
can catering because of its unique 
accent on radio, show biz and 
sports personalities attracted to the 
spot. It is also unique as a hold- 
out against the encroachment of 
the Rockefellers' expansion pro- 
gram in the Radio City sector. Like 
Leon & Eddie's at 33 W. 52 and 
the 21 Club, also on 52d street, 
-which like Shor's owns its own 
realty, they will thus benefit from 
"the building-up of Rockefeller 
Center, being parcels of property 
not sold to the development, 
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Differences between the Screen 
Actors Guild and the other unions 
in the Associated Actors & Artistes 
of America widened last week- on 
two issues. Latest wrinkle is a 
jurisdictional matter, primarily in- 
volving representation over the 
production of films for television 
but potentially relating to the 
tire video field. Previously" 
had tossed down the mittr" 
eastern actor groups by S' 
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31$th Week! 

KEN MURRAY'S 

"BLACKOUTS OF 1948' 
El Capitan Theatre, Hollywood, Cal. 

All-time long 1 run record in the 
legitimate theatre. 

"BILL AND COO" 

Now in National Release 



Columbia Broadcasting System's 
analysis of the film industry, "The 
Hollywood Story," has been slotted 
for the 10-11 p.m. period Sept. 21. 
It will take up the industry from 
the standpoint of the producer, ex- 
hibitor, banker, distributor, tech- 
nician and the public, but will 
draw no conclusions, according to 
Werner Michel, CBS documentary 
unit topper, who will produce the 
show. 

Script will go extensively into 
the structure of the industry, show- 
ing the activities of the five majors 
in production, distribution and ex- 
hibition and will detail economic 
controls. It will go beyond the 
glamor, Michel said, and show Hol- 
lywood as big business. 

Samuel Goldwyn's "Best Years 
of Our Lives" will be used as an 
example throughout, many other 
aspects of the industry being 
hinged to this one. film. Shown will 
be" its genesis, its financing, its 
production and its exhibition, as 
indicative of how these details of 
operational procedure are carried 
out. 

One of the points made in the 
script is that better films will be 
made only when the public de- 
mands them. "Have you ever gone 
to your local exhibitor • and told 
him what you like and don't like?", 
it is asked. 

Show, in the works for more 
than five months, is being written 
by Peter Lyons. It is the first of a 
series of four documentaries on 
mass communications media. Mag- 
azines probably will be next. 



Col. Morton's Pic Job 

New chief of. the motion picture* 
unit of the Army's public informa- 
tion division is Lieut. Col. John E. 
Horton. Headquartering in Wash- 
ington, he's to aid and assist the 
film industry on all problems and 
matters that pertain to the Army. 

Post recently was vacated by 
Maj. ^uart Palmer.. . ; . ( 



'COMMUNISM IN 
H'WOOD' TAKES 
C ENCORE 



Washington, Aug. 3. 

lunism in Hollywood^' 
-> front pages again, as the 
.investigating committee 
by Sen. Ferguson scored a 

victory over the House 
•rican Activities Commit- 
the struggle between the 

ps for the red-hunt head- 

>run for the senators 
i by Louis Budenz, for- 
''cmber and now pro- 
'ordham University 
he senate group that 
"a very big financial 
lollywood — so big in 
jne time there was a 
_;l squabble within the 
who should get the film 
<e party's finance com- 
idenz said, finally ruled 
Hollywood contributions 
to the national office 
irian the California district. 
..enz did not name any or- 
ganizations or individuals, and the 
members of the committee did not 
press him for details. 



'Emperor Waltz,' 'Easter Parade,' 
'Street With No Name' July's Top 3 



July's 'Big Ten' 

1. "Emperor Waltz" (Par). 

2. "Easter Parade" (M-G). 

3. "Street No Name" (20th). 

4. "Island'' (M-G). 

5. "Key Largo" (WB). 

6. "Fuller Man" (Col). 

7. "Fort Apache" (RKO). 

8. "High Seas" (WB). 

9. "Foreign Affair" (Par). 

10. "Regards B'way" 20th). 



D.C. Probers Want 'Good' 
Gimlet Eye on Coast 

Washington, Aug. 3. 

The House Unamerican Activi- 
ties Committee is still trying to 
find a topflight investigator to head 
its Los Angeles office, according 
to committee member McDowell 
of Pennsylvania. 

Meanwhile, it has repeatedly 
postponed opening the office. One 
of the L. A. office's jobs will be to 
keep a weather eye on the film in- 
dustry. 

• McDowell said the committee is 
now trying to get former commit- 
tee investigator Jim Stedman to 
give up a job in private industry 
to take the L. A. post. Until a 
good man is found, McDowell in- 
dicated, there'll be no west coast 
office. 



Vandy's Rough 
Road to Rome 



By CORNELIUS VANDERBILT. Jr. 

Rome, Aug. 1. 

Couple of days ago, in the moun- 
tains north of Siena, near the Futa 
Pass where the 5th Army stood so 
gallantly in the fall and winter of 
1944, our Airstream trailer was 
stoned by the Communists! And a 
little while later we were com- 
pletely run off the highway into 
the ditch by officious government 
troops, steel-helmeted and riding 
in fast-operating, black-steel gov- 
ernment tanks. I think I got mov- 
ies of them. Some sort of local up- 
rising has been taking place in 
that area for some days now and 
we saw troops everywhere. Later 
that night we were held up at the 
point of two guns by local Car- 
binieri who insisted on riding with 
us and took us to the little moun- 
tain fortress town of Radicofoni, 
on top of an ancient volcano and 
kept guard over us all night as 
other Communists jeered outside 
and made dire threats against "cap- 
italistic America." 

In the towns all the way from 
Venice here the hammer-and-sickle 
predominates. 

Art McChrystal, who was Eisen- 
hower's PRO and a three-star gen- 
eral, is now running Vienna. He 
thought the trailer the best means 
of Public Relations in Europe this 
summer and got the French and 
Russian representatives in Frank- 
furt to give us passes to get to 
Vienna. But, instead, when we got 
to Stuttgart, the rain was still 
teeming down and we decided to 
try Switzerland instead. At the 
Graf Zeppelin Hotel in Stuttgart, 
which was never damaged by the 
war, a U.S. troupe of acrobats were 
piling in the crowds into the Snack 
bar every night; but the best thing 
we saw in all of Germany, after 
dark, was the Circus in the Frank- 
furt Zoo. It was so good, we went 
to see it twice! peer act are The 
Morgans. He's the guy in top-hat, 
(Continued on page 46) 



PARIS LOSING OUT 
AS STYLE CAPITAL? 

There's a trend away from Paris 
as a fashion center, 20th-Fox de- 
signer Bonnie Cashin declared 
upon her arrival in New York last 
week after several weeks in the 
French capital. The styles, she 
said, are now more or less inter- 
nationalized with couturiers of 
New York, London and other 
glottol centers all contributing to 
the decor of the femme wardrobe. 

One authority, just back from 
Paris, -pointed out last week that 
with the fall and winter styles due 
to start early this month, most 
French designers have become 
alarmed at the lack of American 
buyers. Stiff prices, he said, have 
discouraged their attendance. Only 
a fourth as many U. S. buyers are 
on' hand as in pre-war days. 

As a result some of the leading 
houses are hard pressed to main- 
tain their solvency. In fact so 
difficult is the situation that"' the 
trade feels it's only a question of 
time before the government steps 
in with a subsidy to bolster the 
nation's style prestige before it's 

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Bing Crosby copped the July na „ 
tional sweepstakes by nearly six 
lengths, his "Emperor Waltz" 
( Par ) , ( with Joan Fontaine ) , being 
far ahead of the field, according to 
reports from Variety correspond- 
ents in some 22 key cities. "Waltz" 
ran "nearly $600,000 ahead of its 
nearest rival in actual coin, and did 
big to smash trade in nearly every 
spot played, most phenomenal 
being its record racked up at Radio 
City Music Hall, coming close to 
$980,000 in seven weeks, biggest 
grosser and longest run at the Hall 
this year. 

Second money was won by 
"Easter Parade" (M-G), which also 
was a strong favorite, particularly 
in the last half of July when it was 
around generally in the keys. Judy 
Garland-Fred Astaire-Irving Berlin 
musical showed such strength in 
final week of the past month that 
it took the national leadership away 
from "Waltz" in the last session of 
July. 

"Street With No Name" (20th) 
was a close third-place winner. "On 
an Island With You" (M-G) was 
considerably behind the top three 
but easy fourth-spot champ. 

"Key Largo" (WB), which really 
only got started in final two weeks, 
displayed such sock trade at the 
wickets that it moved up to a strong 
fifth position. Sixth best was 
"Fuller Brush Man" (Col), this 
Red Skelton comedy continuing to 
show unusual b.o. potentialities. It 
was in fifth groove in June stand- 
ings. 

"Fort Apache" (RKO) again was 
if\ the chips, finishing seventh. This 
western meller copped third spot 
in June. "Romance on High Seas" 
(WB) managed to land eighth po- 
sition although inclined to spotti- 
ness some weeks. "Foreign Af- 
fair" (Par;) landed No. 9 money on 
the basis of only a limited number 
of books in July. Tenth spot went 
to "Regards to Broadway" (20th). 
Runners-Up 

Best runners-up finished as fol- 
lows: ' "Canon City" (EL), "Re- 
turn of Bad Men" (RKO), "Melody 
Time" (RKO), "Paradine Case" 
(SRO), "Best Years" (RKO), 
(Continued on page 46) 



17-Piece U. S. Army Band 
Accomps Jack Benny & Co. 
On Tour Into Germany 

London, Aug. 3. 
* The U. S. Army gave Jack Benny 
& Co. a 17-piece band to travel 
with the comedian during his cur- 
rent week's tour of Germany to en- 
tertain the Occupation troops. 

Benny, who is remembered for 
his USO tours, has with him per- 
haps the top cast of any war en- 
tertainment unit, comprising Mary 
Livingstone, Alice Faye, Phil Har- 
ris and Marilyn MaxweU. His 
Hollywood publicist, Irving Fein, 
is also accompanying the troupe. 



BOB O'DONNELL-HUGHES 
LAUGH OFF RKO RUMORS 

Dallas, Aug. 3. 

Friends of Bob O'Donnell and 
Howard Hughes believe the ru- 
mored association of the pair 
would be spectacular — but brief. 
O'Donnell, v.p. and general man- 
ager of the Interstate Theatre Cir- 
cuit, has a reputation for fiery in- 
dividualism equalling that of the 
new RKO owner. 

It had been rumored that O'Don- 
nell might be the next prexy of 
RKO. Honeymooning in Holly- 
wood, he denied the rumor quickly 
and emphatically. It was echoed 
here that O'Donnell never had any 
Hollywood ambitions. O'Donnell 
said that he was "doing pretty well 
with Interstate" and "would rather 
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No Message Pix 

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and critics who agreed with Senary 
that the screen must occasionally 
use its power for more than mere 
entertainment. New York Herald 
Tribune, as a matter of fact, had a 
highly laudatory layout of stills on 
the film in Sunday's (1) magazine 
section. 

Hughes, on the other hand, has 
made no bones of the fact that in 
his opinion films have no duty but 
to entertain. All "message" pix 
have been killed or are being 
edited, as is "Boy," to take out. the 
moral angles. "Boy" is expected 
to come out a straight fantasy. 

This difference in philosophy of 
approach to the screen is seen as 
one of the basic reasons leading to 
Schary's resignation from RKO 
following Hughes' purchase of the 
company. "Boy" cast includes Pat 
O'Brien, Robert Ryan, Dean Stock- 
well and Barbara Hale. Stephen 
Ames is producer and Joseph 
Losey director. It is in Techni- 
color to point up the difference in 
hair color, but otherwise was. plan- 
ned for the low-budget category. 



Exhibs' Tepid Reaction 
Cools Prod, of Commie Pic 

Hollywood, Aug. 3. 

John Sutherland has shelved 
plans for production of "Confes- 
sions of an American Communist," 
for which United Artists release 
had been set. Survey disclosed 
that films dealing with Communism 
aren't too favorably received by 
public. Set as documentary. w » tn 
Gen. William "Wild Bill" Donovan 
as associate producer, may be re- 
activated later. 

Sutherland, back after a four- 
week trip through Idaho, Mon- 
tana and Oregon, says exhibitors 
reported little smalltown interest 
in propaganda films or pix with 
messages; ditto problem pix, or 
those concerned with sophisticated 
people and smart dialog. They 
want adventure, comedy, romance. 
Sutherland also discovered small 
towners feel Hollywood's business 
should not include any such themes 
as world problems. ,• , 

...v.. .<v ...... a . d . 



Wednesday, August 4, 1948 



PICTURES 



YANKS LOSING BRITISH PROD. YEN 



UHopes for $7,000,000 U.S. Tax Break; 
Big Exec Powwow Slated on Coast 



Universal has recently redoubled*- 
pressure on the Government, it ' 
has been learned, for quick- ad- 
judication of tax claims that would 
give it a windfall of more than 
$7,000,000. With prospects of 
showing a possible loss for the cur- 
rent fiscal year, ending in Novem- 
ber, the coin — or any part of it — 
would come as manna in perking 
the annual profit-and-loss state- 
ment. 

In the meantime, U has become 
the butt of a flood of rumors in 
the industry, mostly emanating 
from the fact that a series of its 
pictures in the past six months or 
so have not shown the anticipated 
vigor at the boxoffice. However, 
whether or not the tax court rules 
in U's favor and whether or not 
the current year's operations show 
a profit, company is reported by 
knowledgeful financial circles to 
have assets well in excess of what 
any emergency drain on its re- 
sources could conceivably require. 

Nevertheless, -a continued suc- 
cession of films which, in many 
cases, have received strong critical 
acclaim but little substantial re- 
turn at the boxoffice, has undoubt- 
edly created some internal ten- 
sions. A full-dress session of all 
(Continued on page 20) 



Corn Popping Bullishly 

Washington, Aug. 3. 

There may be more popcorn next 
year, the Agriculture Department 
indicates. 

The Department reports that the 
1948 acreage of popcorn planted in 
the 12 chief commercial producing 
states will be about 51% larger 
than the 1947 acreage. The in- 
crease follows two successive years 
of decreases. 

Weather since planting was gen- 
erally favorable for good growth 
and development, Agriculture 
states. 



Everybody 'Plays Ball' 
With Video Producers 
To Get Into Game Early 

Hollywood, Aug. 3. 

Coming of video is rapidly mak- 
ing of Hollywoodians a race of 
"ball players." About two-thirds 
of the TV films being produced 
here, it's said, are on the basis of 
writers, players and technicians 
heeding producers' pleas to "Play 
ball with me now and I'll take care 
of you later." 

Since the economics of television 
at the moment make it all but im- 
possible for pictures specially pro- 
duced for video to pay for them- 
selves, producers are up against 
the problem of getting them out at 
the lowest possible cost. Thus the 
gsowth of the "ball playing" tech- 
nique to the point where some 
writers, directors and players 
claim it is bordering on absurdity. 

The "play ball with me" ap- 
proach is made possible by the fact 
that most video films are being 
(Continued pn page 18) 



BUZZELL MAY DIRECT 
'J0LS0N SINGS AGAIN' 

Hollywood, Aug. 3. 

Columbia Pictures will probably 
borrow Eddie Buzzell from Metro 
to direct "Jolson Sings Again," the 
sequel to "The Jolson Story." 
Larry Parks again will play Al 
Jolson, but in spades this time, i.e., 
a dual role of Jolson pere and fils. 
Buzzell would displace Al Green 
who directed the original $10,000,- 
000 grosser. 

Sidney Buchman did the story 
and again will produce. Sidney 
Skolsky, who sparked the original 
Jolson deal, doesn't take an encore 
on this one, however. 

As part of the new script, the 
film fans will see how the sound- 
track was mixed, i.e. the real Jol- 
son doing the warbling and Parks 
dubbing the simulation. , 



Skouras' Rebate 
Still Bonus Of 
20th Contention 



The $3,500,000 which Charles P. 
Skouras, head of National theatres, 
and his three aides Frank H. (Rick) 
Ricketson, Jr., Elmer C. Rhoden 
and Harold J. Fitzgerald are offer- 
ing to compromise minority stock- 
holders' actions against 20th-Fox 
and its directorate is an "illusory 
figure representing a paper settle- 
ment." This is what the lawyers 
for shareholders maintained yester- 
day (Tues.). during hearings on the 
settlement before Justice Ferdi- 
nand Pecora in N.Y. supreme court. 
Court reserved decision after a full 
day of pro-and-con argument. 

Contention was repeatedly raised 
that Skouras and other NT execs 
were not giving up a penny of their 
own. Other charges were aired in- 
cluding one that 20th lost in excess 
of $2,300,000 by conceding that 
stock options granted the NT quar- 
tet, along with Spyros P. Skouras, 
Darryl F. Zanuck and William C. 
Michel, exec veepee, were capital 
gains and not compensation subject 
to income tax laws. 

During the hearing former Judge 
Samuel I. Rosenman, attorney for 
the defendants, disclosed that Na- 
tional theatres, wholly-owned 20th 
subsid, would earn a minimum of 
$9,000,000 in the current year. 
Rosenman made that disclosure in 
attacking stockholder arguments 
that Charles Skouras, by accepting 
a $360,000 ceiling on earnings from 
(Continued on page 16) 



Griffith Estate Put 
At $25,000-$50,000 

Los Angeles, Aug. 3. 

David Wark Griffith's estate, 
estimated at between $25,000 and 
$50,000, was left to 10 nieces, 
nephews and grandnieces in his 
will, filed for probate in L. A. su- 
perior court. 

Named as sharers in the estate 
were Ruth Griffith, Marie Dun- 
can, Marguerite Butler, Myrtil 
Seaman Griffith, Lynn Griffith, 
Williard Griffith, Barbara Griffith, 
Geraldine Reichard, Mary Ruth 
Duncan and Maryann Butler. 



Fortune Mag Article 
Inspires Exhib to Sue 
Par in Galesburg, 111. 

Chicago, Aug. 3. 

As an outgrowth of an article 
appearing in Fortune, August issue, 
Weldon Allen, operator of the 
Grove theatre, Galesburg, 111., is 
taking action against the major 
distributors and the Great Lakes 
(Paramount) circuit for anti-trust 
violations. 

Article, which told of the trouble 
that Allen has had trying to get 
first run product in competition 
with Great States, aroused such 
interest from indies that he has 
retained Seymour Simon, Chi at- 
torney, to file suit for damages and 
to force distribs to permit him to 
buy first run. 

Grove, 390-seater, had been in 
second run until 1947, when it 
asked for first run films and, with 
the exception of United Artists, 
was refused pics although it was 
willing to pay equal and in some 
cases higher fees for films than 
Great Lakes. Allen, who grossed 
from $600 to $700 in second run, 
claims that he can gross as much as 
$2,500 in first run with extended 
showings. However, he is unable to 
film. Paramount owns three of the 
other four houses in town, the 
other being a subsequent-run 
theatre. 



ONLY 6 (NOT 25) 
PLANNED FOR ENG. 

Large-scale plans of American 
picture companies to produce in 
England, formulated after the tax 
settlement of last March, have 
been rapidly falling by the way- 
side. It appears likely now that 
less than half a dozen pix spon- 
sored purely by Yank producers 
will be made in Britain during the 
initial year of the new Anglo-U. S. 
films pact. 

With American execs going to 
England in droves last spring to in- 
spect the situation and make 
grandiose announcements of plans, 
there was talk of as high as 25 or 
more pictures being made there. 
Hollywood labor was getting fear- 
ful of losing its jobs to the British, 
And the British were equally fear- 
ful of losing all, their studio space 
to the Americans. 

Motion Picture Assn. of Amer- 
ica prexy Eric Johnston found it 
necessary to administer a sedative 
to both groups and issued a pro- 
nunciamento that, with the scarcity 
of space, equipment and techni- 
cians available, no more than 12 
to 15 films could possibly be made. 
Now it appears that under 
(Continued on page 21) 



WB's 5-Year Pacts 
To Two Veepees 

Indicating an intention to hold 
the salary line for ^top-ranking film 
execs in the facet of dwindling 
profits, two major Ifilm companies 



Suggest Calling Anglo-US. Group 
To Ease Pic Industry Tensions 



CoL's British Offer 

London, Aug. 3. 

Indie producers got a whopping 
big offer from Columbia last week 
— if they have a suitable story and 
players for a picture, Joseph Fried- 
man, Col's British manager, an- 
nounced that his company was of- 
fering not only studio space; but' 
all the cash required. 

Up to the week's end, Friedman 
had had a number of prospective 
deals presented. He was said to 
be sorting out the ones from 
"worthwhile" indies. 



Pars $1,500,000 
Budget Ceiling 
On Future Pix 



Hollywood, Aug. 3. 
Paramount se» a limit of $1,- 
500,000 on budgets for future pro- 
ductions, in keeprWg with its new 
policy of rigid economy, New rule 
applied to producers? un d er studio 
contract and to inde\, en( jents re- 
leasing through Paramount. Move 
was explained as an effw t„ 
production costs below ci ari . ent 
mestic boxoffice returns.? Decision 
was made after a nationwide sur- 
vey of theatres by Barney ij a i a ban 
Charles M. Reagan andf Austin 
Keough. ■'■ 

Cecil B. DeMille's conty act as 
producer-director contains a C ] a use 



have granted extensions in em- , P tiijjiH«#f««At««e*, studio ffi? ; 
Ployment contra^teVl^r^ 

own bankroll. How the new rule 



dept. toppers at peak pay. Warner 
Bros, last month inked five-year 
extension tickets for Benjamin Kal- 
menson, company's distribution 
veepee; and Harry Kalmine,' the- 
atre veepee, it was disclosed this 
week. A two-year stretching of his 
ticket with 20th-Fox was accorded 
Murray Silverstone, head of the 
foreign dept. 

Kalmenson and Kalmine will 
each pull down $125,200 annually 
for the five 'years, running from 
Dec. 31, 1950, to the end of 1955. 
Silverstone's annual paycheck will 
amount to something over the $96,- 
850 which he was given during 
1947. 

Present contracts of Kalmine and 
Kalmenson, running for five years, 
expire Dec. 31, 1950. Renewal 
(Continued on page 21) 



will affect his "Samson and De- 
lilah" has not bee# disclosed. The 
budget for this picture was re- 
cently announced as $4,500,000. 
Escaping the slash is "The Heir- 
ess," currc .tly In production and 
too far along to reduce the budget. 

Vancouver's Lure 

Vancouver, Aug. 3. 

As an inducement to attract 
Hollywood producers to western 
Canada, a new film studio will be 
built in Vancouver this fall, cost- 
ing $750,000 and affording facil- 
ities for indoor as well as outdoor 
shooting. 

Project will be financed by a 
Canadian syndicate headed by C. 
French Burns, mining man. 



National Boxoffice Survey 

Cool Wave Ups Trade — 'Largo,' 'Parade,' 'Street,' 
'A. & C.,' 'Waltz,' 'Melody,' 'Affair,' 'Canon' Tops 

Brush Man" (Col). Continued 
strength by last-named, although 
now fairly well played in principal 
keys, attests to renewed popularity 
of Red Skelton. 

Best of new entries, besides 
"Frankenstein," appear to be "Date 
With Judy" (M-G), which tees off 
this week at N. Y. Music Hall, and 
"Babe Ruth Story" (Mono). Also 
showing possibilities is "So Evil 
My Love" (Par), sturdy in Phil- 
adelphia and neat in Chicago. 
"Ruth Story" looks headed for a 
possible record in Baltimore but 
in N. Y., where panned by crix, the 
baseball picture rates only strong. 

"Escape" (20th), another new- 
comer, is credited with only modest 
biz pn L.A. preem. "Tap Roots" 
<U) continues great in third Philly 
frame. "Dream Girl" (Par), while 
fairly nice in Seattle and okay in 
Cincinnati, still is proving disap- 
pointing, especially in Minneapolis 
and San Francisco. "Deep Waters" 
(20th) looks better currently than 
last session, being good in Cleve- 
land, sturdy in Detroit but very 
thin in N. Y. 

"Feudin,' Fussin'" (U) is mild in 
Balto and Pittsburgh. "Paradine 
Case" (SRQ) looks steady in Chi 
and okay in Philly. 

(Complete Boxoffice Reports on 
Pages 8-9) 



Stronger all-round biz this week 
stems from cooler weather in many 
key cities covered by Variety — 
with rain keeping thousands from 
beaches and ballgames. Because 
the letup in torrid heat was partic- 
ularly felt along the Atlantic sea- 
board, it showed up in many of 
largest cities. 

"Key Largo" (WB), which was in 
third place last stanza, takes over 
national leadership this week, with 
strong to sock showings in nearly 
all spots. "Easter Parade" (M-G), 
last week's champ, was pushed 
down to second position, the color 
opus suffering also from holdovers 
and extended-runs in many cities. 

Third best is "Street With No 
Name" (20th), this thriller moving 
up from fourth while "Abbott- 
Costello Meet Frankenstein" (U> is 
edging into fourth slot on basis of 
great performances in most of its 
dates. "Emperor Waltz" (Par), 
July's all-round champion, dropped 
back to fifth. 

"Melody Time" (RKO) is copping 
sixth money, managing to nose out 
"Foreign Affffalr" (Par), a strong 
seventh place winner. 

"Canon City" (EL), with addi- 
tional playdates, winds up a stout 
eighth. Runner-up pictures are 
topped by "Mr. Blandings" (SRO), 
"On Merry Way" (UA) and "Fuller 



• With current bitterness between 
U. S. and British picturemakers se- 
riously hurting the industries in 
both countries, the time has come, 
it's beer, suggested, to call into ses- 
sion the joint Anglo-American 
films committee which was set up 
last year but has never met. The 
joint committee plan was formu- 
lated in a burst of good wills by 
Eric Johnston and British trade 
toppers, led by J. Arthur Rank, 
during a visit to Britain last year 
by the Motion Picture Assn. of 
America prexy. 

Its purpose was to solve by 
roundtable discussions the mutual 
problems of the English and U. S. 
industries. If ever there was a 
time they have problems, observers 
in both New York and London 
pointed out this week, this is it. 
And since all other efforts at so- 
lution have hit a solid brick wall, 
face-to-face talks by industry lead- 
ers might be the way, it is thought. 

Plans announced by Rank and 
Johnston for the joint committee 
were highly optimistic, it is re- 
called. The committee was to be 
divided into two parts, one to meet 
in the U. S. and one in England. 
They were to be small groups that 
could readily get down to brass 
(Continued on page 50) 

M-G RULES IT'S CHEAPER 
TO LET OPTIONS DROP 

Hollywood, Aug.' 3. 

.Metro is taking the easy way .out 
of its economic stress, permitting 
time, rather than expensive sur- 
gery, to dispense with high-salaried 
contractees. The idea is to let op- 
tions fall like autumn leaves and 
forget about them. 

When Charles C. Moskowitz and 
J. Robert Rubin, . economic engin- 
eers for Loew's, came here recently 
with the idea of settling a number 
of contracts held by producers, di- 
rectors and stars, they discovered 
that amputation would cost a lot of 
coin. Now they are waiting for 
options to drop, without echoes. 




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Chatter 54 

Concert 48 

Disk Jockey Reviews 34 

Film Reviews 11 

House Reviews 47 

Inside Legit 50 

Inside Pictures 16 

Inside Radio 31 

International 13 

Legitimate 48 

Literati 53 

Music 34 

New Acts 47 

Night Club Reviews 45 

Obituaries 55 

Orchestras . . • . 34 

Pictures 2 

Radio 22 

Radio Reviews , ,.24 

Records 34 

Frank Scully 53 

Television 25 

Unit Reviews 44 

Vaudeville 41 



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PICTUKES 



WrJnrfwlay, August 4, 1918 



Low-Budgeters for Specialized U. S. 
Audiences, a la Foreign Film Idea 



Plan, frequently talked of since* 

the end of the war, for making low- ' 
budgeted features for specialized 
audiences may soon get a trial. 
Irving Lerner, documentary direc- 
tor, is heading a unit to make this 
type product. He arrived in New 
York from the Coast last week to 
sound out indie distribs on poten- 
tial income of the films in order 
to put their production on an eco- 
nomic basis. 

Lerner, partnered in the project 
vrith writer Ben Maddow, has the 
necessary financing. Plan is to 
make, films with acknowledgedly 
limited audience appeal that would 
play the art houses now using for- 
eign pix. plus a small number of 
regular theatres. 

It is figured that the same audi- 
ences who now regularly patronize 
the lingualers could be attracted 
to unusual and "adult" American- 
made product. In addition, since 
the films would be in English, of 
course, limited patronage could 
also be expected from filmgoers 
who do not ordinarily plunk down 
coin for foreign language pix. 

Lerner is tentatively figuring on 
budgets of about $75,000. Actual 
coin involved would be consider- 
ably less than that, however, since 
everyone involved, except the tech- 
nicians and crew, would get a 
profit participation and defer his 
salary. Lerner said this week that 
be had sounded out some top 
Hollywood names, including writ- 
ers and stars, and' found them 
ready to go along with the plan. 
Some Available Names 

He said he was now pushing the 
Idea, which has long lain dormant, 
because the present dearth of 
regular production has made avail- 
able a great quantity of important 
talent. With no prospect of major 
studio jobs for some time to come, 
many of these people are 1 anxious 
to- join the experimental tyne pro- 
duction on a participating basis. 

Lerner's expectation is to do 
little better than break even on 
most of the films, but — without 
making any conscious bow to so- 
called popular taste — to play for an 
occasional big winner. His idea is 
to get a click once in a while such 
as the Italian "Open City" or 
French "Baker's Wife," which 
grossed an amount in the Ameri- 
can market which would give the 
unit a heavy profit. 

Idea has been discussed by vari- 
ous groups since the end of the 
war for making pix for specialized 
audiences, rather than concentrat- 
ing on heavy budgeters which must 
have universal appeal to get back 
their nut. Maurice Bergman, Uni- 
versal^ publicity-advertising direc- 
tor, has been an advocate -of the 
scheme in a number of speeches 
during the past few years. With 
rising costs in Hollywood, the plan 
has been pushed aside as un- 
feasible economically, since the 
films couldn't be made cheaply 
enough. High incidence of unem- 
ployment on the Coast now, how- 
ever, has changed the situation in 
that top talent is available on a 
participation basis. 

Lerner. shortly before his ar- 
rival in the east, completed direc- 
tion of "Human Growth" for Eddie 
Albert Productions. Two-reel in- 
structional film, made for the Ore- 
gon school system, has received 
wide publicity as the initial picture 
to completely explain elements of 
conception and birth to children. 



Cong. Hartley Says He 
May Front for Show Biz 

Washington, Aug. 3. 

House Labor Committee Chair- 
man F.red Hartley, who steps out 
*>f Congress at the end of the year, 
admits he has been approached to 
act as "legislative representative" 
for a major motion picture organi- 
zation — but isn't saying, which one. 

Hartley said he received an jn- 
formal offer from an industry of- 
ficial several weeks ago. but re- 
fused to name him. The New Jer- 
sey Republican said he had the 
Impression that if he accepted he 
would not bfwronting for just pro- 
ducers, exhibitors or distributors, 
but "rather the industry as a 
whole." 

He did not accept nor turn down 
the bid, Hartley said, but outlined 
conditions under which he might 
take the job. "I'm not getting ex- 
Cited until a formal offer is made," 
be declared. 



Can't Be— Everything 
Sweetness & light in N W ? 

Minneapolis, Aug, 3. 
North Central Allied, which in- 
duced 20th-Fox to join it in a plan 
for settlement of exhibitor griev- 
ances by a mediation committee 
and which is trying to interest 
other distributors in the plan, ad- 
mits in a bulletin just issued that 
no complaints against the company 
for committee action are being re- 
ceived. 

President Bennie Berger previ- 
ously had been beefing about 
alleged Supreme Court consent 
decree ruling violations and threat- 
ening law suits and recourse to the 
Justice Department. Accordingly, 
there's nothing for the board to do. 



Porters Crack 
At Theatres, Pool 
HaHs, Gm Mills' 

Washington, Aug. 3. 

President Truman's anti-inflation 
adviser, Paul Porter, last week gave 
a fine demonstration of how to 
alienate theatre-owners and lose 
Democratic v< te *- 

He classed ;theatres with "pool 
halls and P* n mills" as types of 
structures- ,v " at can be spared dur- 
ing the present housing shortage. 

Testify?" 8 before the House 
Banking Committee last Friday 
(30) B* rter was asked where the 
Admu £lstration would get the need- 
ed materials if the Taft-EUender- 
Wag? er housing bill \ve« passed. 

porter said that if the Admin- 
istr?^ 00 - na< * allocation powers and 
othr r controls, "I think you can 
sto i enough gin mills, pool halls 
and theatre s to get the miaterials."' 

rA^^ n «^J^n%rs4^3L. 
worry; 1 Vt There's no chance 

of Congress "voting the allocation 



controls. 



TRENET PREPARING 
CONTRACT SOFT VS. EL 

Hollywood, Aug. 3.^ 
Charles Trenet, the French sing- 
er, is preparing a $100,000 breach 
of contract suit against Eagle Lion. 
He claims that studio cancelled his 
deal for two films to be made this 
year at $85,000 as result of his de- 
tention at Ellis Island, N. Y. Sing- 
er was barred from entry for some 
time, but has since been allowed 
into this country under the quota. 

Papers, currently being prepared 
by New York theatrical law firm of 
Silverstone & Rosenthal, claim 
that the studio had no reason to 
cancel the contract inasmuch as he 
was cleared, of charges of "unques- 
tionable visa" which held him up 
when he came here. It's also 
claimed that the cancellation is in 
line with the general studio re- 
trenchment policy under which 
many contract players are being 
let out on the grounds of economy. 



England Gets Sweet Call 
From O'Reilly Candy Co 

Wilbur B. (Bill) England, RKO 
Theatres exec, resigned as of last 
Friday (30) to go into the theatre 
candy business. It is understood 
he will become an official of the 
O'Reilly candy concern, which serv- 
ices RKO houses via a contract 
with ABC Vending Co. 

England handled the contract 
with O'Reilly for RKO and also 
was personnel director for the 
theatres. He will not be replaced. 
His duties will be parcelled out 
among other execs of the company. 
He's been with RKO since 1932. 



20th Dno Swap Press Jobs 
Shuffle of personnel duties in 
2Qth-Fox' homeoffice ad-publicity 
dept. has resulted in trade press 
rep Ira Tulipan and press book 
editor Lou Frick swapping posts. 

Change was announced yester- 
day (Tues.) by Charles Schlaifer, 
20th's ad-pub director. Tulipan and 
Frick have long been members of 
Schlatter's staff. 



Milder, Payette Dead 

Two prominent Warner Bros, 
executives, Max Milder in 
England and John J. Payette 
in Washington, died Sunday 
(1) after long illnesses. (De- 
tails in Obituary section). 

Milder, who resigned as 
managing director of Warner 
Bros. Pictures, Ltd., in Eng- 
land last month because of his 
health, was succeeded then by 
Arthur S. Abeles, Jr., his as- 
sistant for the past year. Suc- 
cessor to Payette, general 
zone manager of Warner the- 
atres in Washington, has not 
been named sft yet, but it's 
understood George Crouch, 
Payette's assistant, is slated 
for the post. 



MOT May Reenter 
Fall-Length field 

Possibility of the March of Time 
entering the full-length documen- 
tary field for the first time since 
the war was revealed by MOT pro- 
ducer Richard de Rochemont be- 
fore he sailed from New York, 
Friday^ (30) on the Queen Mary. 
He said that he had several ideas 
in mind for films which would 
have a European background. In 
the past MOT turned out the full- 
length "Ramparts. We Watch," 
"We Are the Marines" and "Story 
of the Vatican" between 1940-1942. 

De Rochemont, whose usual 
practice is to visit Europe at least 
once a year, will stop briefly at the 
company's offices in London and 
Paris as well as jumping to North 
Africa and Egypt for short tours 
there. In addition to the prospec- 
tive feature-length pix, the pro- 
ducer pointej) out that MOT is par- 
ticularly actiW in Europe now with 
standard-footake clips in produc- 
tion in Germaby, Scandinavia and 
England. > 

In all de Rochemont expects to 
be away about' two months. 



/ 'Outlaw' 
^JfoJZMk Youth 
Frown on Texas Nabe 

, San Antonio, Aug. 3. 

More than 2,200 Catholic youths 
of San Antonio last week repri- 
manded the Hi Ho, nabe house 
here, in a scorching letter to 
Douglas Askey, manager. Miss 
Florence Ehrler, apostolic commit- 
tee chairman of the San Antonio 
Sodality Union, said the youths 
placed the theatre under interdict 
for one year, advising Catholic 
youths to abstain from patronizing 
the theatre until June 30, 1949. 

She disclosed that the letter, 
signed by Leo Ehlinger, prez of 
the San Antonio Sodality Union, 
charged that the theatre manage- 
ment had on several occasions "at- 
tempted to offer its public motion 
pictures that was -onensive and 
often immoral," The letter spe- 
cifically cited the pics "Mom and 
Dad" and "The Outlaw." 

The youths also charged that a 
high percentage of "B" pictures 
were shown at the house. ' 

Askey could not be reach) for 
any comment, but an employe of 
the house. P. J. Fernandez; stated 
that the film "Mom and Dad" had 
been shown to several city offi- 
cials, two priests and others, be- 
fore it was released for showing 
in June. 



Europe to N. Y. 

Georgia Carroll 
George Cukor 
Peter Donald 
Duke Ellington 
Tudi Kroeck 
Kay Kyser 
E. R. Lewis 
Noel Madison 
Robert Morley 
Tom O'Brien 
Jack Robbins 
Howard Strickling 
Spencer Tracy 

N. Y. to Europe 

Merricl Abbott 
Dorothy Barko 
Larry Barnett 
Joseph Burstyn 
Hoagy Carmichael 
Anita Colby 
Richard de Rochemont 
John Ringling North 
Norton V. Ritchey 
Ed m undo Ros 
Oscar Straus 
Rebecca West 
Max Wilkinson 



Schary Urges Writers With New Ideas 
To Help Hollywood Ride Out Crisis 



John Balaban at Helm 
of TOA Chi Convention 

John Balaban (& Kate), Para- 
mount-owned Chicago circuit top- 
per, will serve as convention chair- 
man for Theatre Owners of Amer- 
ica's national confab which kicks 
off Sept. 23 in Chi. Balaban will 
be seconded by Edward G. Zorn, 
prexy of United Theatre Owners of 
Illinois, who has accepted the 
vice-chairmanship. 

Meanwhile, Ted Gamble, TOA 
prez; Robert Coyne, retiring exec 
director, and Gael Sullivan, exec 
director, are lining up a list of 
prominent speakers. Trio hope to 
bring to Chi a number of top- 
ranking Government officials. 



Fear Cities Would 
Pick Up Amus. Tax 
If U.S. Drops 20% 

Houston, Aug. 3. 

At a meeting held here of city 
attorneys, the Dallas city attorney 
told the group that if the Govern- 
ment dropped or altered the pre- 
sent 20% tax, cities ought to take 
moves to pick it up. The cities and 
towns throughout the state for 
some time have been eyeing vari- 
ous biz to tax in order to increase 
their revenue. At the present time 
Texas law prohibits the levying of 
special taxes on "biz. 

It was the general opinion of 
exhibitors that the present tax of 
20% was unjust and too burden- 
some and that a state or city tax 
would be unbearable whether it 
was in addition or a part of the 
present levy. 

The theatre men stated that eyes 
should be focused on the state 
legislature at Austin as well as on 
the various towns and cities and 
to curb at once any attempt to start 
the levy on the theatres. 



FORM NEW INDIE 
FORTUINYON'BIOPIC 

Hollywood, Aug. 3. 

New indie unit, Sheg, Inc., was 
formed here to produce "The Life 
of Damon Runyon," probably for 
Republic rejease. 

Corporation gets its title from 
the surname initials of the four 
members, Bill Saltiel, Charles F. 
Haas. Norman Elzer and Marshall 
Grant. Haas and Art Cohn are 
writing the screenplay, with pro- 
duction slated for late autumn. 



N. Y. to L. A. 

Maurice Bergman 
Betty Betz 
Steve Broidy 
George Brown 
Nicki Burnett 
Frances Buss . 
Lois Butler 
Bonnie Cashin 
Ann- Corio 
Carl Eastman 
John Farrow 
John Gibbs 
Don Gillis 
William Goetz 
Harry Goldberg 
Bob Goldstein 
Graham Greene 
Abner J. Greshler 
William Jaffe • 
Ben Kalmcnson 
Edwin Knopf 
Jerry Lewis 
Dick Manning 
Dean Martin 
Earle McGill 
Oliver Nicoll 
Johnny Olsen 
Lester O'Keefc 
Maureen O'Sullivan 
Louclla O. Parsons 
Joel Preston 
Charles D. Prutzman 
Charles Polacheck 
Carol Reed 
Robert J. Rubin 
William A. Scully 
Joseph H. Seidelman 
Robert Lewis Shay on 
Bernard Straus 
William Sweets 
Jonie Taps 
George Zachary 



Boulder, Colo., Aug. 3 
Dore Schary, Metro production 
topper, told the Writers' Confer- 
ence here that the industry "is fac- 
ing tough days." "There are for- 
eign tax problems," he declared, "a 
falling domestic, market and in- 
creased competition from many 
sources, including, sports, radio and 
the undetermined threat of tele- 
vision. The industry faces a re- 
adjustment of economics based on 
a boom market that is rapidly 
diminishing. It faces labor con- 
fusions. It faces all these things, 
and all of them are problems that 
need solution. But solutions will 
be found, and as they are found 
the industry will continue to make 
its contributions — its' contributions 
to our standard of living, to add to 
our information, to report to us the 
news of the world and to entertain 
and amuse us, and occasionally to 
make us contemplate and think. 

"And if every other medium has 
a right to make us think, why 
doesn't the motion picture?" 
Schary queried, adding "in any 
event, the future's coming along, 
and with it will be opportunity for 
new writers and new ideas Fresh 
ideas. Hollywood stimulates and 
subsidizes more new talent than 
than any other creative art. No 
rose blushes unseen. It may take 
a littte time to bloom, but the de- 
mand for original thinking is so 
great that somebody alwavs will 
find the new talent." 

At Writers' Conference 
Schary was speaking by invita- 
tion to the Writers' Conference of 
the University of Colorado, in ses- 
sion here. He is vacationing at 
Brook Forest Inn near Denver, 
where he will stay for another 
week before going to New York. 
Recently resigned as production 
head of RKO because of differ- 
ences with Howard Hughes, Schary 
declared he quit "before Hughes 
and I got to the point of being mad 
at each other." He stressed that 
he and Hughes parted friends, but 
that they "just didn't agree on 
basic things.' He is vacationing 
before entering his new job at 
Metro. 

Speaking on the role of the 
writer, Schary said: 

"Hollywood had profits at stake, 
and was willing to pay big salaries, 
so out came the writers, and with 
them they brought what Henry 
Stimson regards as one of the most 
ungodly sins — cynicism. They 
brought their contempt, based en 
cynicism. They brought their type- 
writers, but left their integrity at 
home. They came to Hollywood 
determined to make some easy 
money, and then to run back and 
write that decent novel or good 
play. 

"This was the era in which pro- 
ducers, desperate for product and 
eager to supply a demanding pub- 
lic, rushed out picture after pic- 
ture. The writers who came out at 
that time were not trained artists 
who were destroyed by a system. 
They were people who helped cre- 
ate the system. They came out and 
bought the loud plaid coats, the 
sport shirts, the fancy cars; they 
posed for funny publicity pictures 
and contributed to the extrava- 
gance, waste and screwball charac- 
ter of the industry. Their cynicism 
permitted them to write all the 
cliches and to rewrite them into 
worse cliches.. They fed the pub- 
(Continucd on page 50) 

L. A. to N. Y. 

Jerry Bressler 
Richard Carlson 
Vicki Cummings 
Gerald Fairlie 
Sidney Franklin 
Thomas Freebairn-Smith 
Y. Frank Freeman 
Jed Harris 
Leland Hayward 
Paul Henreid 
Milton S. Kusell 
Al Lewin 
Monica Lewis 
Jack Linder 
Stfsan Miller 
Robert Mochrie 
Charles C. Moskowite 
George Pal 
Hal Roach 
Sigmund Romberg 
Hal Salzman 
Fred C. Schang, Jr. 
John Sinn 
George Skouras 
Sam Sunness 
Richard Walsh 
Walter Winchell 
Danny Winkler 



Wednesday, August 4, 1948 



PICTURES 



NAT1 ALLIED INTO DISTRIBUTION? 

— : ; * — — : ■ — 

U. S. Getting Tougher by Nixing 

Arbitrations in Exhibs' Suits 



The Dept. of Justice has4 
catapulted the main anti-trust ac- 
tion into another bitter skirmish 
and struck a crippling blow against 
the prospects of an all-industry 
arbitration system by demanding 
that the American Arbitration 
Assn., administrator of the current 
system, immediately discontinue 
accepting exhibitor complaints. 
V. S. Attorney's office made the 
move within the past week in a 
letter forwarded to J. Noble Bra- 
dep, executive head of the film ar- 
bitration setup, it has been 
lea ined. 

If the action of the DofJ stands 
in a possible court test, it means 
the final junking of all systematic 
arbitration in the industry for the 
time being. Only a ruling by the 
three-judge statutory court after 
prolonged hearings slated for a 
fall start could recreate a new sys- 
tem. 

The AAA has been informed by 
the Government that it is not au- 
thorized to hold any more .arbitra- 
tion hearings under the consent de- 
cree which originally bound the 
Big Five on awards made- on clear- 
ances and other related matters. 
Instead, the Government has ad- 
- vised the AAA to turn over to the 
DofJ any petitions for arbitration 
henceforth filed under the decree 
with it. 

The Government, it is under- 
stood, intends to examine these 
petitions and where the complaint 
presents charges of. violations of 
court rulings, it will proceed with- 
in the pending anti-trust action on 
contempt proceedings. It is in- 
(Continued on page 18) 



Bouncing Ball Telepix 

Hollywood, Aug. 3. 

New video firm, "Television 
Clearing House," .has been formed 
by Dave Fleischer, Lou Notarius 
and Walter Bowman. 

Firm will make animated telepix, 
the first of which will be "This 
Amazing World." and will employ 
the old motion picture bouncing 
ball in filming commercials. 
Fleischer asserted that company 
will make TV reels on order only. 



Nassours-A.&C. Pards 
In Deal For Indie Pic 
With UA As Distrib 

Abbott and Costello will make a 
picture for United Artists release 
if present negotiations are consum- 
mated. Production will be by Nas- 
sour brothers, Hollywood studio op- 
erators, with A&C holding a profit- 
participation in the film. 

Nassours presented plans for 
their production to UA last week. 
Deal to handle distribution will 
come up before the next session of 
the board and will undoubtedly be 
approved. A&C's "Abbott and Cos- 
tello Meet Frankenstein," made for 
Universal, is currently doing sock 
biz and their recent "Noose Hangs 
High" for Eagle Lion did fairly 
well. 

UA has also had presented to it 
a project by Nat Perrin for release 
of "The Life of Van & Schenck." 
However, there has been no action 
on it by Perrin since the idea was 
originally presented to UA prexy 
Grad Sears on the Coast last 
month and UA is awaiting further 
dope before considering a distribu- 
tion pact. Edward Silverman, 
Chicago distrib, was supposed to 
advance the coin, with agent Nat 
Goldstone, director Danny Dare 
and Tony Martin partnered in the 
deal. 



EXCESS PROFITS TAX 
PROPOSAL LOOKS COLD 

Washington, Aug. 3. 
Details of the Administration's 
excess profits tax bill were re- 
vealed here today (Tues.) by Rep- 
resentative John Dingell (D.-Mich.) 
who plans to introduce it to Con- 
gress tomorrow. The measure, he 
said, calls for Federal" imposts of 
50% to 80% on all corporate 
profits. 

Under the bill the bite would 
be levied upon 140% of 1936-1939 
profits. After that figure is ob- 
tained, a $50,000 credit would be 
subtracted. Congressman Dingle 
estimated that out of the country's 
360,000 corporations some 25,000 
might be affected. However, in- 
dustry breathed easier when Rep. 
Harold Knutson, (R.-Minn.) chair- 
man of the House Tax Committee, 
declared: "There'll be no tax 
legislation at this session of Con- 
gress." 



U.S. Census in '50 
To Survey Pix Biz 

The film industry, which in its 
four decades of existence has never 
yet been, able to compile complete 
statistics of its activities, will have 
that job done for it at Government 
expense. For the first time since 
the U. S. Bureau of Census started 
counting heads in 1790, the agency 
intends to delve into film industry 
statistics in its 1950 census. 

Bureau will check into the num- 
ber of theatres; total attendance; 
number of seats; price scales; total 
employed in pix and other relevant 
info concerning the three wings of 
the business. All data collected, as 
is customary, will be published at 
the completion of the census along 
with other information collated by 
the bureau. 

A. Julian Brylawski, Warner 
Bros. Washington rep, and other 
filmites including Gael - Sullivan, 
director of the Theatre Owners of 
America, have been approached by 
the census-takers for cooperation. 

Research department of the Mo- 
tion Picture Assn. of America is 
now attempting to collect some of 
the same statistics the Government 
will seek, but Census figures are 
expected to be on a broader basis. 



Majors Settle Another 
Indie's Anti-Trust Claim 

The summer drive by the majors 
to clear the books of as many 
triple-damage, anti-trust suits as 
possible before the courts open in 
the fall produced another settle- 
ment this week. Attorneys have 
reached an agreement on the $375,- 
000 damage action brought in 
Pittsburgh by David N. Green 
against the majors. 

Reportedly, Green will receive 
approximately $40,000 as cash 
balm for dropping his trust-bust- 
ing action. In addition, his two 
nabe houses in Pittsburgh will be 
given a better break on clearance 
and run. 

Compromise is the third made 
in the past month. Majors started 
off early in July by handing $200,- 
000 to Theatco for dropping its 
action in San Francisco against 
them. 

Understood Warner Bros, thea- 
tre chain is paying- major share 
of the coin to Green, with balance 
being chipped in by other majors. 
He had filed the suit in 1947 in 
the Federal district court of Penn- 
sylvania. 



Mono Seeks Longer Chi 
Playing Time For 'Ruth' 

Chicago, Aug. 3. 

Monogram Pictures will ask 
Judge Michael Igoe of Chi federal 
district court for- extension of the 
two-week playing time for "The 
Babe Ruth Story" which opens at 
the State-Lake Sept. 1. Limitation, 
under Jackson Park decree, applies 
to the Balaban & Katz house. Pitch 
will be on the basis of proceeds 
being donated to charity and will 
be made by letter and not by going 
before the court. 

Judge Igoe several weeks ago 
lifted the ban to allow a four-week 
showing of "Emperor Waltz," now 
in third week at the Chicago. 



ILLS THE iDEfl 
VIA REISSUES 

National Allied, which flirted sev- 
eral years ago with the idea of 
going into production, is now kick- 
ing around another scheme which 
would take it into pix distribution 
in a limited way. The film peddling, 
if ultimately adopted, would' be 
used to raise funds for administra- 
tion and other expenses of both the 
National and local units. 

Allied units are now being polled 
on the proposal. The plan, em- 
bodied in a letter sent to the vari- 
ous locals, would be for the the- 
atre group to buy up the states' 
rights to a number of films. These 
pix would be distributed, presum- 
ably in the main to Allied mem- 
bers, with any profits derived 
therefrom, allocated to the locals 
participating in the plan. 

Idea is a minor version of that 
on which First National (since 
merged into. Warner Bros), was 
established years ago. That was a 
cooperative production venture by 
exhibs. • 

Number of full time employees 
would be hired by Allied to handle 
film sales. Allied does not expect 
to buy up rights to new pix— the 
wing, when and if formed, would 
(Continued on page 18) 

Goldwyn's ' Joan 
Deal Looks Cold 
But Ri^tS 

Deal for the Goldwyn organiza- 
tion to supervise distribution of 
Sierra Productions' "Joan of Arc" 
appears very likely to fall through, 
while that for Monterey's "Red 
River" is virtually all but inked. 
In both cases, multiple ownership 
of the films has caused long delays 
in getting requisite approvals and 
may be the cause of the "Joan" 
deal fizzling. 

Primary owner? of "Joan" are 
producer Walter Wanger, director 
Victor Fleming and star Ingrid 
Bergman. Additionally involved 
are the Bankers Trust Co., New 
York, which put up about 80% of 
the financing, and other persons 
who provided financing or deferred 
their income. They must all give 
their nod, since the arrangement 
calls for Goldwyn to get .3% of the 
gross oft' the top of the producers' 
share. 

It is understood that some of the 
okays have been stymied for more 
than a month, during which time 
the deal has been cooking. The 
bank is among those in favor of it. 
On the negative side, it is reported, 
is RKO, which has a small invest- 
ment in it and which claims it can 
(Continued on page 20) 



F-WC NIXES UNGER'S 
50% 'RED RIVER' TERMS 

Hollywood, Aug. 3. 
After week-long negotiations, 
deal between Fox-West Coast's 
Charles Skouras and United Artists 
sales chief Joe Unger for "Red 
River" fell through. It is under- 
stood UA asked 50% terms in both 
firstruns and subsequents, with F- 
WC trying to buy the picture on a 
flat rental basis for subsequent 
runs. 

Unger arrived here a week ago 
following Howard Hawks' protest 
against giving his film a first-run 
playoff in UA's four music hall the- 
atres. Prolonged talks took place 
between the factions throughout 
the week, with Fox execs screening 
the pic several times. They de- 
scribed it as excellent, but refused 
UA's terms. 

Unger, with western district 
sales manager W. E. Calaway, left 
for Frisco, where they hope set 
individual deals for the film. Unger 
wouldn't comment on whether 
further efforts would be made to 
reach agreement with the Skouras 
group. 



Selznick Focusing His Production 
Next 6 Months on Video Pix Only 



WB's 50G to Cancer Fund 

Walter Winchell, in behalf of 
Damon Runyon Memorial Fund, 
received $50,000 from Warner 
Bros, yesterday (Tues.), represent- 
ing the profits from WB's Techni- 
color two-reeler, "Power Behind 
the Nation." 

Film, which was distributed by 
the Motion Picture Assn. of Amer- 
ica, played in over 10,000 theatres 
as part of the film industry's par- 
ticipation in the fund. 



20th-Fox Pushes 
Its TV Network 



Washington, Aug. 3. 

Pushing its program of creating 
a network of television stations, 
20th-Fox has asked the Federal 
Communications Commission for 
permission to operate an experi- 
mental station in ?New York and, 
at the same time, >ias set up two 
new video corporat&ms in Missouri. 
The New York statlflU according to 
the application, woui^ be used to 
test high frequency \ ra nsmission 
for TV for possible use\i„ theatre 
television. 1 

In ' Missouri, 20th-Fo3L i s part- 
nered in the two new out*ts by its 
SubsidFox Midwest theatrV s j n one 
arid iby ..another subsid, Rational 
Theatres, twthe^, pfrho wr i. » j wo 
new co rporatiorg^i 0PM . ate ra _ 
d^MM i^Ve^tlP^ns in St. Louis 
nd Kansas City. 

KC outfit is labelled 20th Cen- 
tury-Fox of Missouri, Inc. It is 
authorized to issue 10,000 shares of 
common at $100 par. Fox Midwest 
and its parent have each acquired 
500 shares for $50,000 apiece. Bal- 
ance is to be acquired in two years 
with the ultimate nut being $1,- 
000,000. 

St. Louis unit isr tagged 20th 
Century-Fox of St. Louis, ' Inc. 
Stock authorization is identical as 
is the issuance of 500 shares apiece 
to 20th and NT. Balance is also to 
be picked up within two years. 



'JOAN OF ARC LIKELY 
FOR B'WAY VICTORIA 

Maurice Maurer, of City In- 
vesting Corp., who has the Astor, 
Victoria arid Bijou, N.Y., under his 
wing, leaves this week for the Coast 
to line up new product for the re- 
vamped Victoria on Broadway. 
House is now being given an elab- 
orate facelift with seating capac- 
ity boosted to 1,100. Present reno- 
vation program is expected to last 
until late September or October, 
having just started last Monday 
(2). 

While not committing himself on 
just what pictures he is trying to 
land for the Victoria, it's under- 
stood that Maurer has "Joan of 
Arc" in mind, for reopening of this 
deluxer. In fact, part of the the- 
atre revamping will be done with 
such booking in mind. 



Wants Out on Chi Decish; 
RKO Honses-Pix Not Same 

Chicago, Aug. 3. 

Myles Seeley, RKO attorney, 
last week filed an appeal to Judge 
Michael Tgoe's ruling in Chi fed- 
eral district court that the RKO 
Palace and Grand were part of the 
same corporation as RKO Pictures 
and therefore liable to two-week 
limitation on playing time under 
the Jackson Park decree. 

Appeal stated that theatres and 
producing company were two sep- 
arate companies. 

DeLuxe theatre, Chi nabe, was 
granted an extension until Sept. 
'27 to amend its brief in anti-trust 
suit against the major dlstribs and 
Balaban & Katz circuit last week 
by Federal Judge John Barnes. 



Hollywood, Aug. 3. 

Uncertainties of the foreign mar- 
ket and softness of the domestic 
boxoffice for big pictures has led 
to a decision by David O. Selznick 
to pull in his horns on production 
and spend the next six months or 
so experimenting with films for 
television. He has developed a 
great enthusiasm for video since 
his stay in New York during the 
past winter and spring. ' 

"Portrait of Jennie," wound up 
retakes and editing at the studio 
last week and is now being scored. 
Two pictures to have been made 
by indies with Selznick players for 
distribution by the Selznick Re- 
leasing Organization have been 
cancelled out. . Thus, the producer 
has nothing on his agenda except 
ftfur pix to be made by Sir Alex- 
ander Korda in England with Selz- 
nick stars and with Selznick con- 
sultation." 

First of the British films, Carol 
Reed's "The Third Man," is to go 
into production shortly and will 
give SRO at least one new film for 
next year. Otherwise, the Selz- 
nick-owned distributing company 
will be kept occupied until Octo- 
ber or November with three films 
now in release and, after that time, 
with "Jennie." 

Currently in distribution are 
"Duel' in the Sun," on regular re- 
lease following last year's road- 
showing;. "The Paradine Case" and 
"Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream 
House." Also being sold, but play- 
ing off very slowly, is the reissue 
of "Rebecca." 

SRO also anticipated having as 
grist for its mill the two indie 
(Continued on page 11) 



Film Classics Reviews 
Its Progress; Biz Up 702; 
Co-op Bonuses to Staff 



Backed up by a 70% increase In 
revenues during the last sixmonth 
period, Joseph Bernhard, Film 
Classics prexy, pepped up the com- 
pany's first international sales con- 
vention last weekend in New York 
with a pledge to push FC into the 
front ranks of distributing com- 
panies. B. G. Krauze, general 
sales manager presiding over the 
conclave, announced that 29 new 
films, including 10 in Cineeolor, 
would be released by FC before 
the end of 1949. • 

Beginning Jan. 1, 1949, Bernhard 
disclosed that a permanent bonus 
plan would be instituted whereby 
all personnel would share in the 
company's profits, independent of 
special sales drives. Amplifying 
Bernhard's statement that FC "is 
going to be a cooperative com- 
pany," Kranze said a large melon 
will be sliced at the end of each 
year among all employees. 

Although aiming, for the top, 
Bernhard cooled off prospects of 
immediate large expansion by de- 
( Continued on page 46) 



PAR'S MOVE TO SPEED 
LIQUIDATION OF FILMS 

Paramount has set up a new cen- 
tralized playdate department to 
speed the liquidation of its prod- 
uct. Par's newly-formed wing is 
headed by Martin Friedman who 
formerly served as assistant to Ted 
O'Shea, one of the company's sales 
biggies. Friedman came' to Para- 
mount last year with O'Shea from. 
Liberty Films when the company' 
acquired that production unit. 

Friedman will work under Al 
Schwalberg who is in charge of ex- 
changc operations. Previously, 
Paramount handled playdating 
through its 31 exchanges without 
operation of an overall supervi- 
sion from the homeoff ices. 

Centralization is symptomatic of 
all. majors' efforts recently to hypo 
liquidation of expensive product. 
Par's idea is to press for earlier 
dating of films after availability 
date. Company also intends to 
work for more complete liquidation 
of its products. 



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PICTURE GROSSES 



VcJne«<lay, August 4, 1<HJ 



EO.'s, Polio Slow LA; 'Escape' Easy 
$48,500, lelody' Bright 38G; A.&C. 
Okay $25,000, 'Affair' 28G, Both 2d 



Los Angeles, 
Warm weather and 
weight product will mean only 
mild grosses here in the current 
frame. Number of holdovers also 
is hurting. Increase in polio cases, 
too, is believed nipping junior 
matinee trade after announcement 
of a mild epidemic, this particu- 
larly affecting bills with kid ap- 
peal such as newcomer "Melody 
Time." 

"Melody" is shaping for a nice 
$38,000 in two theatres but had 
been figured as being somewhat 
stronger. "Escape" looke like 
only moderate $48,500 in five 
houses. .Reissue combo,' "S e a 
Spoilers" and "Storm" is light $15,- 
000 in four situations. Foreign pix, 
"Raven" and "Lover's Returh," 
shape fancy $5,000 in a smallseater.- 

Third week of "Key Largo" will 
hit neat $33,000 in three spots. 
"Foreign Affair" looks fine $28,000 
in two locations. "Meet Franken- 
stein" will be okay $25,000 in five 
nouses, second frame while "On 
Island" is trim $30,000 for second 
round, three sites. 

Estimates for This Week 

Belmont (FWC) (1,532; 60-$D— 
"Canon City" (EL) and "Lady at 
Midnight" (EL) (2d wk). Slim $2,- 
000. Last week, okay $3,900. 

Beverly Hills Music HaU (G&S- 
Blumenfeld) (826; 65-$l) — "Sea 
Spoilers" (Indie) and "Storm" (In- 
die) (reissues). Fair $3,000. Last 
week, "Commandos Strike at 
pawn" (Col) and "Invaders" (Col) 
(reissues), $2,500. .< 

Carthay Circle (FWC) (1,518; 60- 
$1)— "Escape" (20th) and "Fighting 
Back" (20th). Mild $5,500. Last 
week, "Deep Waters" (20th) and 
''Checkered Coat" (20th) (2d wk), 
$3 100 4 

Chinese (Grauman-WC) (2,048; 
60-$D— "Escape" (20th) and "Fight- 
ing Back" (20th). Okay $11,000 or 
over. Last week, "Deep Waters" 
(20th) and "Checkered Coat" (20th) 
(2d wk). $8,300. 

Culver (FWC) (1,145; 60-$D— 
"Canpn City" (EL) and "Lady At 
Midnight" (EL) (2d wk). Oke $3,- 
O0Q. Latt week, good $5,300. 

Downtown (WB) (1,800; 60-$D— 
"Key Largo" (WB) and "Music 
Man" (Mono) (3d wk). Good $14,- 
000. Last week, stout $18,400. 

Downtown Music HaU (Blumen- 
feld) (872; 60-$l)-— "Sea Spoilers" 
(Indie) and "Storm" (Indie), (re- 
issues). Slow $6,500. Last week, 
"Commandos" (Col) and "Invaders" 
(Col) (reissues), $7,600. , «• 

Egyptian (FWC) (1,538; 60-$D— ■ 
"Island With You" (M-G) (2d wk). 
Neat $8,000. Last week, good $13 
500. 

El Key (FWC) (861; 60-$D— 
"Canon City" (EL) and "Lady at 
Midnight" (EL) (2d wk). Near 
$2,500. Last week, good $4,400. 

Esquire (Rosener) (685; 85-$1.20) 
■ — Dreams • Money Can Buy" 
(Indie) and "Girl of Canal" (Indie) 
(3d wk). Oke $2,000 or over. Last 
week, $2,600. - 

Four Star (UA-WC) (900; 60-$l) 
—"Search" (M-G) (5th wk). Nice 
$3,500. Last week, $4,300. 

Guild (FWC) (968; 60-$D— -"Ab- 
bott, Costello Meet Frankenstein" 
(U) and "King Olympics" (UA) (2d 
wk). Down to $2,500. Last week, 
good $5,000. 

Hawaii (G&S-Blumenfeld) (1,106; 
E: ?1) T" Sea Spoilers*' (Indie) and 
"Storm" (Indie) (reissues). Modest 
$3,000. Last week, "Commandos" 
(Col) and "Invaders" (Col) (re- 
issues), mild $2,600. 

Hollywood (WB) (2,756; 60-$D— 
"Key Largo" (WB) and "Music 
Man" (Mono) (3d wk)..Good $9,500. 
Last week, strong $14,000. 

Hollywood Music Hall (Blumen- 
feld) (475; 60-85)— "Sea Spoilers" 
(Indie) and "Storm" (reissues). 
Okay $2,500. Last week, "Com- 
•mandps" (Col) and "Invaders" (Col) 
(reissue's), same. 

Iris (FWC) (828; 60-85)— "Meet 
Frankenstein" (U) and "King Olym- 
pics" (UA) (2d wk). Mild $2,500. 
Last week, nice $5,000. 

Laurel (Rosener) (890; 85)— 
"Raven" (Indie) and "Lover's Re 
turn" (Indie). Fancy $5,000. Last 
week, "Die Fledermaus" (Indie) 
(4th wk), $1,800. 

„ Loew's State (Loews-WC) (2,404; 
60-$D— "Escape" (20th) and "Fight- 
ing Back" (20th). Moderate $18,000. 
Last week, "Deep Waters" (20th) 
and "Checkered Coat" (20th) (2d 
Wk), $12,600. 

Los Angeles (D'town-WC) (2,097; 
60-$D— "On Island" (M-G) (2d wk). 
Good $15,000. Last week, sturdy 
$25,200. 

Loyola (FWC) (1,248; 60-$l) 
"Escape" (20th) and "Fighting 
Back" (20th). Medium $7,000. Last 



Aug. 3. I "Checkered Coat" (20th) (2d wk) 
medium- $6,000. j 
Million Dollar (D'town) (2,093:J 
50-85)— "Sign of Wolf" (Mono) and 
"Stage Struck" (Mono) (2d runs), 
with Red Ingle, Dorothy Donegan 
on stage. Okay $10,000. Last week, 
"Angel's Alley" (Mono) (2d run) 
with Dizzy Gillespie, Hadda Brooks 
on stage, solid $21,200. 

Orpheum (D'town-WC) (2,210; 
60-$D— "Canon City" (EL) and 
"Lady at Midnight" (EL) (2d wk). 
Solid $10,000. Last week, big 
$20,000. 

Pantages (Pan) (2,812; 60-$l) — 
"Melody Time" (RKO) and "Mys- 
tery in Mexico" (RKO). Nice $18- 
000. Last week, "Lulu Belle" 
(Col) and "Rusty Leads Way" (Col), 
very dim $5,600. 

Paramount (F&M) (3,398; 60-$l) 
— "Foreign Affair" (Par), and "Big 
Town Scandal" (Par) (2d wk). 
Light $14,000. Last week, okay 
$20,000. 

Paramount . Hollywood 
(1,451; 60-$D— "Foreign 
(Par) (2d wk). Smooth 
Last week, strong $17,900. 

RKO Hillstreet (RKO) (2,890; 60- 
80)— "Melody Time" (RKO) and 
"Mystery in Mexico" (RKO). Fine 
$20,000. Last week, "Lulu Belle" 
(Col) and "Rusty Leads Way" 
(Col), very dull $7,100. , 
Ritz (FWC) (1,370; 60-$l) 
Frankenstein" (U) and "King 
Olympics" (UA) (2d wk). Oke $5,- 
000. Last week, good $8,000. ' 
Studio Cit# (FWC) (880; 60-$D— 
Meet Frankenstein" (U) and 
"King Olympics" (UA) (2d wk). 
Fair $2,500. Last week, oke $4,800. 

United Artists (UA) (2,100; 60- 
$1)— "Meet Frankensle»«*^U) and 
"King OIympie*>iesT( r r\ 'M wk). 
Sturdy $12,r~ 
$21,000. 

Uptown (FW» (1,719; 60-$D— 
^Escape" (20tH) and | ."Fighting 



Key City Grosses 



Estimated Total Gross 
This Week $2,776,000 

(Based on 23 cities', 214 
"theatres, chiefly jirst runs, in- 
cluding N. Y.) 
Total Gross Same Week 

Last Year $2,687,000 

(Based on 21 cities, 212 
theatres). 



Bad Men' Hangup 
in Sad Det. 



'Parade' Paces Pitt, Rousing $28,( 
'Feudin ' No Fuss, 8G; 'Largo' 12G, 2d 




(F&M) 
Affair" 
$14,000. 



Fair $7,000. Last 



Back" (20th) 

week, "Deep Waters" J (20th) and 
"Checkered Coat" (20th) (2d wk), 
$4,200. 

Vogue (FWC) (885; 60-85) — 
"Canpn City" (EL) and "Lady at 
Midnight" (EL) 2d wk). Okay 
$3,000. Last week, sturdy $5,300. 

Wilshire (FWC) (2,296; 60-$l)— 
"On Island" (M-G) (2d wk). Nice 
$7,500. Last week, healthy $12,600. 

Wiltern (WB) (2,300; 60-$l) — 
"Key Largo" (WB) and "Music 
Man" (Mono) (3d wk). Good $9,- 
500. Last week, fine $14,000. 



Detroit, Aug. 3. 
Biz continues very mild here 
| especially in the face of new prod- 
uct being launched currently. 
"Deep Waters" at Fox is fairly 
sturdy with "Return of Bad Men" 
surprisingly good at Broadway- 
Capitol. Of the holdovers, "Em- 
peror Waltz," at Michigan, and 
"Easter Parade" at Adams con- 
tinue steady. Of the others, little 
can be said. 

Estimates for This Week 
Adams (Balaban) (1,740; 70-95)— 
"Easter Parade" (M-G) (3d wk). 
Good $13,000 compared to very 
good $15,000 second stanza. 

- Art Cinema (Marten) (459; 70- 
95) — "Tawny Pipit" (Indie) and 
"Hungry Hill" (Indie). Strong 
$4,000. Last week, "The Brothers" 
(Indie) and "Holiday Camp" 
Meet (Indie), $3,000. 

Broadway - Capitol -(United De- 
troit) (3,300; 70-95)— "Return of 
Bad Men" (RKO) and "Take My 
Life" (EL). Surprisingly strong 
$18,000. Last week, "Intermezzo" 
(Indie) and 'JBetrayed" (Indie) (re- 
issues), fair<$10,000. 

Fox (Fox-Michigan) (5,100; 70- 
95)— "Deep Waters" (20th) and 
King of Olympics" (UA). Sturdy 
3,5;0O0. Last? week, "Street No 
Name«?-=-j(2flth) and "Adventures 
Silverado" (Rep). (3d wk), lively 
$27,000. 

Michigan (U-D) (4,089; 70-95)— 
"Romance High Seas" (WB) and 
"Big Punch" (WB) (2d wk). Okay 
$16,000 as compared to very good 
$22,000 last week. 

Palms State (U-D) (2,716; 70-95) 
—"Mr. Blandings" (SRO) (2d wk). 
Fair $15,000 compared to stout 
$26,000 first stanza. 

United Artists (U-D) (2,976; 70- 
95) — "Emperor Waltz" (Par) and 
"Waterfront Midnight" (Par) (5th 
wk). Steady $12,000 after strong 
$16,000 fourth round. 



'Melody Big 8& Omaha, 
But Moves for 'Largo' 

Omaha, Aug. 3. 

"Melody Time" looks smash at 
the Brandeis but is not being held 
over because RKO is anxious to get 
"Key Largo." "The Dude Goes 
West" at Orpheum and "The Smug- 
glers" at Omaha are doing only so- 
so although weather is not bad. 
Estimates for This Week 

Brandeis (RKO) (1,500; 16-65)— 
"Melody Time" (RKO). Smash 
$8,500. Last week, "Return of Bad 
Men" (RKO) and "Blondie's Re- 
ward" (Col), $7,000. 

Orpheum (Tristates) (3,000; 16- 
65)— "Dude Goes West" (Mono) 
and "Hunted" (Mono). Okay $11,- 
500. Last week, "Noose Hangs 
High" (EL) and "Enchanted Valley" 
(EL) with Mills Bros, and Sonny 
Dunham orch on stage, big $19,000 
at 20-80c scale. 

Omaha (Tristates) (2,100; 16-65) 
—"The Smugglers" (EL) and "Lead 
Soldiers" (20th). Fair $9,000. Last 
week, "Romance High Seas" (WB) 
(m.o.) and "Meet Me at Dawn" 
(20th), $7,500. 

Paramount (Tristates) (2,800; 16- 
65)— "Easter Parade" (M-G) (2d 
wk). Big $10,000. Last week, 
$15,700." 

State (Goldberg) (865; 16-65)— 
"Big City". (M-G) and "Old Los 
Angeles" (Rep). Started today 
(Tues.). Last week, "Summer Hol- 
iday" (M-G) (2d wk), okay $3,500. 

'Affair' Wow $19,000 In 
Frisco; A.&C. Fast 20G, 
'Judy' 20G, 'Melody' 25G 



Too Much Baseball in Hub But 'Canon 
Lively $22,000; Tflelody Sofid 20G 



Boston, Aug. 3. 
Height of vacation season, two 
hot ball clubs drawing big crowds, 
and several holdovers add up to 
smaller takes at most houses this 
week. "Melody Time" at Memorial 
looks good and will hold. "Canon 
City" at Paramount and Fenway 
shapes sturdy. Second week of 
"Foreign Affair" looms nice at 
Met. 

Estimates for This Week 
Astor (Jaycocks) (1,300; 40-80) — 
"San Francisco" (M-G) (reissue). 
Good $5,000 after fine $6,300 first 
week. 

Boston (RKO) (3,000; 40-80)— 
"Man-Eater of Kumaon" (U) and 
"King of the Gamblers" (Rep). 
Average $16,500. Last week, "Fur- 
nace Creek" (20th) and "Jiggs, 
Maggie in Society" (Mono), fair 
$14,000. 

Exeter (Indie) (1,000; 45-75) 
"Take My Life" (EL) and "Great 
Waltz" (M-G) (reissues). Only 
$3,200 after last week's oke $3,800 

Fenway (MP) (1,373; 40-80)— 
"Canon City" (EL) and "Lady at 
Midnight" (SL). Nice $8,000. Last 
week, "Emperor Waltz" (Par) (2d 
run) and "Big Town Scandal" 
(WB), fair $5,500. 

Memorial (RKO) (3,000; 40-80)— 
"Melody Time" (RKO) and "Mys- 
tery in Mexico" (RKO). Solid $20,- 

000. Last week, "Mr. Blandings." 
(SRO) and "Madonna of Desert" 
(Rep), fine $19,500 second week. 

Metropolitan (MP) (4,367) (40-80) 
— "Foreign Affair" (Par) and 
"Shaggy" (Par). Strong $19,500 
after big $25,000 first week. Dr. 

1. Q. on Monday nights. 
Orpheum (Loew) (3,000; 40-80) — 

"Easter Parade" (MtG). Good $17,- 
500 third week after neat $21,000 
second. 

Paramount (MP) (1,700; 40-80)— 
"Canon City" (EL) and "Lady at 



Last week, "Emperor Waltz" (Par) 
(2d run), very nice $13,400. 

State (Loew) (3.500; 40-80)— 
"Easter Parade" (M-G). Fair third 
week $9,500 after nice $11,000 sec- 
ond. 



un ™?*r UM }, VA'HS'i Uds i '-anon uity" (jsl.) and "Lady ai 
Week, "Deep Waters" (20th) andl Midnight" (EL). Sturdy $14,000, 



'Largo' Key Buff. Fdm 
18G, 'Canon' Hot 15G, 
'House' Full at $17,500 

Buffalo, Aug. 3. 

Biz is looking up this week. 
"Key Largo," "Canon City" and 
"Blandings Dream House" are all 
in the chips. 

Estimates for This Week 

Buffalo (Shea) (3,500; 40-70)— 
"Blandings Dream House"" (SRO) 
and "Shaggy" (Par). Fancy $17,- 
500. Last week, "So Evil My Love" 
(Par) and "Big Town Scandal" 
(Par), $14,500. 

Great Lakes (Shea) (3,400; 40-70) 
—"Key Largo" (WB). Sock $18,- 
000 or near. Last week, "Easter 
Parade" (M-G), $16,000. 

Hipp (Shea) (2,100; 40-70)— 
"Easter Parade" (M-G) (m.o.). Big 
$7,500. Last week, "Crusades" 
(Par) (reissue) and "Devil's Cargo" 
(Par), $9,500. 

Teck (Shea) (1,400; 40-70)— "The 
Search" (M-G) (2d wk). Nice 
$3,000. Last week, sturdy $5,000. 

Lafayette (Basil) (3,000; 40-70) 

"Meet Frankenstein" (U) and 
"Blondie's Reward" (Col) (2d wk) 
Still good at $9,000 or over. Last 
week, smash $19,000. 
• 20th Century (20th Cent.) (3,000; 
40-70)— "Canon City" (EL) and 
"Shed No Tears" (EL). Big $15,- 
000 or close. Last week, "Return 
of Bad Men" (RKO) and "French 
Leave" (Indie), $15,500 in 8 days. 



San Francisco, Aug. 3. 
Cooler weather and an apparent 
influx of tourists is being reflected 
here currently in a slight upbeat in 
biz, with the launching of several 
new films helping. Best showing is 
being made by "Foreign Affair" 
with smash session at the small St. 
Francis. "Abbott-Costello Meet 
Frankenstein" also looks fine at 
Orpheum. 

"Date With Judy" shapes strong 
at Warfield while "Melody Time" 
is a" bit better with husky take at 
Golden Gate. "Dream Girl," how- 
ever, shapes mild at Paramount. 

Estimates for This Week 
■ Golden Gate (RKO) (2,844; 65-$l) 
—"Melody Time" (RKO). Husky 
$25,000 or near. Last week, "Re- 
turn of Bad Men" (RKO) (2d wk), 
okay $12,000. 

Fox (FWC) (4,651; 60-95)— 
"Easter Parade" (M-G) (3d wk). 
Still hefty at $14,000. Last week, 
strong $20,000. 

Warfield (FWC) (2,656; 60-85)— 
"Date With Judy" (M-G). Strong 
$20,000 or close. Last week, "Isl- 
and With You" (M-G) (2d wk), fast 
$14,500. 

Paramount (Par) (2,646; 60-85)— 
"Dream Girl" (Par). Mild $16,000 
or under. Last week, "Romance 
High Seas" (WB), husky $21,000. 

St. Francis (Par) (1,400; 60-85)— 
"Foreign Affair" (Par). Socko $19,- 
000 or near. Last week, "Paradine 
Case" (SRO) (6th wk), big $10,000. 

Orpheum (Blumenfeld) (2,448; 
55-85) — "Abbott-Costello Meet 
Frankenstein" (U). Fine $20,000. 
Last week, "Black Arrow' 7 (Col), 
fancy $16,500. 

United Artists (Blumenfeld) 
(1,207; 55-85)— "Four Faces West" 
(UA) (2d wk). Good $7,000. Last 
week, $8,500. 

Stagedoor (Ackerman) (350; 60- 
85)— "End of River" (Indie) and 
"Dear Octupus" (Indie),. Nice 
$3,500. Last week, "On Approval" 
(Indie) and "Jeannie" (Indie) (re- 
issues), $3,000. 

Esquire (Blumerffeld) (955; 55- 
85)— "Black Arrow" (Col) (m.o.). 
Trim $7,000. Last week, "Man- 
Eater of Kumaon" (U), about same. 

State (Par) (2,133; 60-85)— "Ro- 
mance High Seas" (WB) (m.o.) 
Colorless $5,000. Last week, "Em- 
peror Waltz" (Par) (m.o.), fine 
$7,500 for fourth downtown week. 

Clay (Roesner) (400; 65-85)— 
"The Idiot" (Indie). Solid $3,000 or 
close. Last week, closed for re- 
pairs after fire, 

Larkin (Roesner) (400; 90-$ 1.20) 
—"Henry V" (UA) (3d wk). Fine 
$3,000 or over. Last week, $3,600. 

United Nations (FWC) (1,149; 60- 
85)— "Street With No Name" 120th) 
(m.o.). Okay $3,500. Last week, 
lofty $4,000 for fourth downtown 
week. 



Pittsburgh. Aug. 3 
Sock "Easter Parade" has things 
pretty much to itself this week at 
the Penn, house doing best biz in 
months. "Key Largo" at Stanley 
is okay holdover but "Feudin* 
Fussin,' " at Harris and "Another 
Part of the Forest," are not mak- 
ing much of a dent. "Fuller Brush 
Man" continues at Senator to be 
the surprise of the summer in its 
fifth week downtown. 

Estimates for This Week 
Fulton (Shea) (1,700; 44-76)-, 
"Another Part Forest" (U). Excel, 
lent notices but taking it on chin 
as a result and came out last (Mon ) 
night after just six days to dis- 
mal $4,000. Replaced by "Deep 
Waters" (20th). Last week, third of 
"Street No Name" (20th) limited 
to four days, under $3,000. 

Harris (Harris) (2,200; 44-76)— 
"Feudin,' Fussin' " (U). Mild $8,000 
or near. Last week, "Letter Un- "' 
known Woman" (U), yanked after 
six days with only $7,000. 

Penn (Loew's-UA) (3,300; 44-76) 
—"Easter Parade" (M-G). Smash- 
eroo $28,000" and may go over 
that. Last week, "Mr. Blandings" 
(SRO) around $18,000. 
/ Ritz (Loew's) (800; 44-76)— "Mr. 
Blandings" (SRO) (m.o ). Figured 
to do okay here since it did well 
at Penn, but very dim $2,000 looms. 
Last week, "Emperor Waltz" (Par) 
(m.o.) good $3,500 after two previ- 
ous weeks at Perin. 

Senator (Harris) (1,750; 44-76)—. 
"Fuller Brush Man" (Col) (3d wk). 
StiU clicking although in fifth week 
downtown. Fine $3,500 on top of 
$4,500 last week. 

Stanley (WB) (3,800; 44-76)— 
"Key Largo" (WB) (2d wk). Doing 
all right on h.o. at near $12,000. 
Last week, smash $22,000, best 
here in at least six months. 

Warner (WB) (2,000; 44-76) — 
"Melody Time" (RKO) (2d wk). At 
least $7,000, better than average 
here for an added stanza. Last 
week, healthy $14,000. 



'My Sons' $11,1 
Paces Mild Mpk 

Minneapolis, Aug. 3. 
Films had. to fight two days of 
Ringling Bros. . Barnum & Bailey 
circus and spectacular Aquatennial 
(summer Mardi Gras) parades at 
start of current week, and thus 
made a slow start. "All My Sons* 
looks good at State but "Dream 
Girl" is very mild at Radio City. 
"Return of Bad Men" looks in for 
nice Orpheum week. Annual Rol- 
ler Derby is new competition for 
next month. 

Estimates for This Week 
Century (Par) (1,600; 50-70) ~~ 
Beyond Glory" (Par) (m.o.) Mod* 
est $6,000 indicated. Last week, 
"Mr. Blandings" (SRO) (2d wk), 
$7,000. 

Gopher (Par) (1,000; 40)— "Are 
You With It?" (U). Mild $2,500 
Last week, "Gung Ho" (U) and 
"Eagle Squadron" (FC) (reissues), 
good $4,200. 

Lyceum (Nederlander) (1,900; 50- 
70)— "Man They Couldn't Hang?' 
(Indie) and "Scared to Death" (In- 
die) (reissues). Very dim $1,000. 
Last week, "Muggs from Brooklyn" 
(Indie) and "Kelly the Second" (In- 
die) (reissues), $800. 

Lyric (Par) (1,000; 50-70)— "Mr. . 
Blandings" (SRO) (m.o.). Okay $4,- 
000. Last week, "Emperor Waltz" 
(Par) (4th wk), satisfactory $4,500, 
giving it big $47,000 for loop run. 

Radio City (Par) (4,400; 50-70)— 
"Dream Girl" (Par). Thin $12,000 
looks about all. Last week, "Be- 
yond Glory" (Par), big $20,000. 

RKO-Orpheum (RKO) (2.800; 90- 
70)— "Return of Bad Men" (RKO). 
Fairly nice at $12,000 or over, i^ast 
week, "Melody Time" (RKO), $12.- 
500. 

RKO-Pan (RKO) (1,600; 50-70)— 
"Melody Time" (RKO) (m.o.). Still 
healthy at $7,000. Last week, 
"Flowing Gold" (WB) and "Woman 
in White" (WB) (reissues), $6,000. 

State (Par) '(2,300; 50-70)— "All 
My Sons" (U). Highly praised pic 
but won't go over good $11,000. 
Last week. "B. F.'s Daughter" (M- 
G), $10,000. 

, Uptown (Par) (1,000; 44-60) — 
"Romance High Seas" (WB). First 
nabe showing. Moderate $3,500- 
Last week, "Regards to Broadway » 
(20th), $3,000. 

World (Mann) (350; 50-85) -r 
"Anna Karenina" (20th). British 
picture copped good notices, but 
only fair $2,500 looms. Last wceK, 
"Noose Hangs High" (EL) (2d wk),. 
$1,800. 



Wednesday, August 4, 1948 



PICTURE GROSSES 



Rail Fair Ms Chi; 'Melody Tops Off 
New films, Sweet $25,11; M Good 
20G, Dude largo' Fat 26G, 2d 



Chicago, Aug. 3. 

Chi film . grosses continued on 
the upbeat for the third week this 
session being paced by the Chicago, 
■which is heading for smash $54,000 
on third week of "Emperor Waltz" 
and Harmonicats on stage. Chi 
Railroad Fair is bringing in a horde 
of out-of-towners who are also- 
taking in the film houses, with 
matinees getting a very heavy play. 

Best of new product appears to 
be "Melody Time" at the Palace, 
with sweet $25,000. "So Evil My 
Love" at United Artists, looks tidy 
$20,000. "Best Years" started slow- 
ly at the Roosevelt. Duo bill at 
the Apollo of "Dude Goes West" 
and "Wouldn't be in Your Shoes" 
looks light with $9,500. 

"Street With No Name" plus 
Keenan Wynn at the Oriental leads 
second week bills, with hefty $50,- 
000. Also in the groove is "Key 
Largo" with fat $26,000 on first 
State-Lake holdover round. "Para- 
dine Case," in fourth week at 
Woods, looks strong $20,000. 

Estimates for This Week 

Apollo (B&K) (1,500; 50-98) — 
"Dude Goes West" (Mono) and 
"Wouldn't Be in Your Shoes" 
(Mono). Light $9,500. Last week, 
"Man In Iron Mask" (UA) and 
"Gentleman After Dark" (UA) (re- 
issues), $8,500. 

Chicago (B&K) (1,500; 50-98)— 
"Emperor Waltz" (Par) with Har- 
monicats topping stagebiU (3d wk). 
Sock $54,000. Last week, $60,000. 

Garrick (B&K) (900; 50-85)— 
"Next Time We Love" (U) and 
"High Seas" (Col) (reissues). Fair 
$8,000. Last week, "Black Arrow" 
(Col) and "Adventure in Silverado" 
(Col) (2d wk), $7,500. 

Grand (RKO) (1,500; 50-98) — 
"Big City" (M-G). Helped by 
Danny Thomas p.a. Fair $14,000. 
Last week, "Four Feathers" (UA) 
and "Drums" (UA) (reissues) (2d 
wk), $12,000. 

Oriental (Essaness) (3,400; 50-98) 
—"Street No Name" (20th> with 
Keenan Wynn in person (2d wk). 
Hefty $50,000. Last week, $61,000. 

Palace (RKOi. (2,500; 50-98) — 
"Melody Time" (RKO). Nifty $25 - 
000. Last week, "Remember 
Mama" (RKO) (2d wk), $18,000. 

Roosevelt (B&K) (1,500; 50-98)— 
"Best Years" (RKO). First pop 
price showing here. Looks okay 
$13,000, not getting off strongly. 
Last week, "Mickey" (EL) (2d wk), 
$8,500. 

State-Lake (B&K) (2,700; 50-98) 
—"Key Largo" (WB) (2d wk). Ex- 
cellent $26,000. Last week, $32,- 
000. 

United Artists (B&K) (1,700; 50- 
98) — "So Evil My Love" (Par). Neat 
$20,000. Last week, "On Merry 
Way" (UA) (2d wk), $13,000. 

Woods (Essaness) (1,073; 98) — 
"Paradine Case" (SRO) (4th wk). 
Steady $20,000. Last week, $24,- 
000. 

World (Indie) (587; 77)— "King's 
Jester" (Indie) (2d wk). Trim $3,- 
000. Last week, $3,500. 



Estimated Total Gross 
Last Week $618,000 

(Based on 15 theatres) 

Last Year ...$543,000 

(Based on 18 theatres) 



'LARGO' LUSH $25,000, 
D.C.; W NICE 16G 

Washington, Aug. 3. 

Big news here this week is "Key 
Largo," terrific at Wartfer. "On 
Merry Way" looks fine at Palace. 
"Blandings" shapes good at Keith's. 
Estimates for This Week 

Capitol (Loew's) (2,434; 44-80)— 
"Furnace Creek" (20th) plus Lar- 
ry Storch and acts. Nice $23,000. 
Last week, "Regards Broadway" 
(20th) with Tex Ritter and his 
horse, solid $25,500. 

Columbia (Loew's) (1,263; 44?70) 

"Easter Parade" (M-G) third 

downtown week, excellent $10,000. 
Last week, "Island With You" 
(M-G) (m.o.), oke $6,400. 

Dupont (F. W. Mann) (440; 50- 
85) — "Antoine and Antoinette" 
(Indie). Good $3,500. Last week, 
"Tosca" (Siritzky), $3,000. 

Keith's (RKO) (1,939; 44-74)— 
"Mr. Blandings Dream House" 
(SRO). Good $13,000. Last week, 
"Melody Time" (RKO) stout 
$17,000. 

Metropolitan (WB) (1,163; 44-70) 
—"Raw Deal" (EL). Okay $8,000, 
Last week "Flowing Gold" (WB) 
(reissue). $8,500. 

Palace (Loew's) (2,370; 44-74)— 
"On Merry Way" (UA). Fine $16,- 
000. Last week, "Easter Parade" 
(M-G) (2d wk), solid $17,000. 

Warner (WB) (2,154; 44-74)- 
"Key Largo" (WB). Terrific $25, 
000. Las;; week, "Emperor Waltz' 
(Par) (2d wk), neat $14,000. * 



Ram Helps Balio; 
'Ruth' Smash 21G 



Baltimore, Aug. 3. 

Steady downpour over the week- 
end kept them in town' and is giv- 
ing current first runs a shot in the 
arm. Way out in front after po- 
tent advance bally is "Babe Ruth 
Story" and may reach record fig- 
ure at Town. Good response also 
reported for "Mr. Blandings Builds 
His Dream House" at Century. 
Others are only fair with hold- 
overs doing nicely. ■ 

Estimates for This Week 
Centaury (Loew's-UA) (3,000; 20- 
60)— "Mr. Blandings" (SRO). Nice 
$16,000. Last week, third of "East- 
er Parade" (M-G), held well at 
$12,800. 

Hippodrome (Rappaport) (2,240; 
20-70)— "Raw Deal" (EL) plus 
vaude. Fairish response at $14,000. 
Last "week, "Thunderhoof" (Col) 
and Horace Heidt's Winners, $13,- 
900. 

Keith's (Schanbergerr (2.460; 20- 
60)— "Abbott-CosteUo Meet" Frank- 
stem" (U). Opens today .(Tues.) 
after week of "Feudin," Fussin'" 
(U) at mild $6,500. Ahead "So 
Evil My Love" (Par), $6,700. 

Mayfair (Hicks) (980; . 25-55)— 
"Shaggy' (Par) . Unexciting $3,500. 
Last week, "Crusades" (Par).(re- 
issue) (2d wk), $3,200. 

New (Mechanic) (1,800; 20-60)— 
"Deep Waters" (20th) (2d wk). 
Steady $7,000 after oke opener at 
$10,300. 

Stanley (WB) (3,280; 25-75)— 
"Romance High Seas' 4 (WB) (2d 
wk) Holding well at $8,000 after 
modest $10,700 opener. 

Town (Rappaport) (1,500; 35-65) 
—"Babe Ruth Story" (Mono). Ex- 
ceptionally strong bally drew 
smash opener; near-record figure 
of $21,000 for week looms. Last 
week, "Melody Time" (RKO) (2d 
wk), off to $8,600. 

St Loo Biz Uneven As 
Weather; 'Streel'-'Circle' 
Mild 17G,W Fine 19G 

St. Louis, Aug. 3. 

Biz at the mainstem houses is 
as uncertain as the weather, fair 
one day and bad the next. Its a 
toss up between "Deep Waters" 
and "On Merry Way" for top coin. 
"Winner's Circle" coupled' with 
"Street With No Name" looks 
mild at Fox. 

Estimates for This Week 

Ambassador (F&M) (3,000; 50- 
"75)— "Deep Waters" (20th) and 
"Mine Own Executioneer" (20th). 
Average $18,000. Last week, "An- 
other Part Forest" (U) and "Cas- 
bash (U),* $13,000. 

Fox (F & M) (5,000; 50-75)— 
"Winners' Circle" <20th) and 
"Street With No Name" (20th). 
Mild $17,000. Last week, "Key 
Largo" (WB) and "Checkered 
Coat" (20th), $19,000. 

Loew's (Loew) (3,172; 50-75)— 
"On Merry Way" (UA) and "Drag- 
net" (SG). Nice $19,000. Last week, 
"Easter Parade" (MG) (2d wk), 
$18,000. 

Missouri (F &W) (3,500; 50-75)— 
"Fuller Brush Man" (Col) and 
"Fort Apache" (RKO) (ni.o.) (2d 
wk). Fast $10,000 after neat $15,- 
000 first stanza. 

Orpheum (Loew) (2,000; 50-75) — 
"Easter Parade" (M-G). (m.o.). Oke 
$9,000. Last week, "Sign of Ram" 
(Col) and "Police Reporter" (SG), 
$8,000. 

. St. Lonis (F&M) (4,000; 50-60) 
—"Happened One Night" (Col) 
and "Penny Serenade" (Col) (re- 
issues). Mild $7,500. Last week, "I 
Wake Up Screaming" (20th) and 
"Blood and Sand" (20th) (reissues). 
$5,500. 

Shubert (Ind) (1,500; 40-60)— 
"The Fugutive" (RKO) (m.o.). 
Good $6,000. Last week, "t Jane 
Doe" (Rep) and "Gallant Legion" 
(Rep), ?5,000. 



Good Fix Weather Ups 



$20,000, 'Regards' 12G 

Indianapolis, Aug.. 3. 

Film biz continued average or 
belter at most firstruns here this 
week. "Fuller Brush Man" is big 
stuff at Loew's and sure of hold- 
over. "Give My Regards to Broad- 
way" at Indiana shapes nice. Bad 
weather for outdoor competish 
helping situation here. 

Estimates for This Week 

Circle (Gamble-Dolle) (2,800; 44- 
65)— "Furnace Creek" (20th) and 
"Arthur Takes Over" (20th). Aver- 
age $10,000. Last week, "Feudin,' 
Fussin'" (U) and "Big Town Scan- 
dal',' (Par), with Marjorie Main 
P.A. first two days, hefty $15,500. 

Indiana (G-D) (3,300; 44-65) — 
"Regards to Broadway" (20th) and 
'^Counterfeiters" (20th). Nice $13,- 
000. Last week, "Melody Time" 
(RKO) and "Shanghai Chest" 
(Mono). $14,000. 

Keith's (C-D) (1,300; 44-65) — 
"Melody Time" (RKO) and "Shang- 
hai Chest" (Mono) (m.o.). Modest 
$3,500. Last week, "Aanother Part 
Porest" (U) and "Stage Struck" 
(Mono), $4,000. 

Loew's (Loew's) (2,450; 44-65)— 
"Fuller Brush Man" (Col) and "Ad- 
ventures in Silverado" (Col). Siz- 
zling $20,000. Last week, "Easter 
Parade" (M-G) (2d wk). Sock $15,- 
500 in 10 days. , 

Lyric (C-D) . (1,600; 44-65) — 
"Feudin,' Fussin'" (U) and "Big 
Town Scandal" (Par) (m.o.). Oke 
$6,000. Last week, ''Flowing Gold" 
(WB) and "Gods Country and 
Woman" (WB) (reissues) so-so 
$5,000. 

'Key Largo' Giant 
$42,000 in Philly 

- Philadelphia, Aug. 3. 

Rain proved a life-saver over 
weekend and cut down the regular 
resort exodus. Strong bills drew 
lines tor solid biz. Best newcomer 
is "Key Largo," being helped by 
several late shows, will hit an ex- 
ceptional $42,000 at Stanley, best 
figure at this house in months. 

The Fox, switching its policy 
of exclusive 20th-Fox product, 
brought in Metro's "A Date With 
Judy" for solid $30,000. "So Evil 
My Love" looks neat at Karlton. 
Estimates for This Week ' 

Aldine (WB) (1,303; 50-94) — 
"Intermezzo" (UA) (reissue). Fine 
$13,500 hi 10 days, replacing 
"Smart Woman" (Mono), pulled 
after dim $4,000 in 4 days. 

Arcadia (S&S) (700; 50-94) — 
"Pirate" (M-G). Great $6,000 or 
over. Last week, "Romance High 
Seas" (WB), $5,000. 

Boyd (WB) (2,350; 50-94)— "Para- 
dine Case" <SRO) (5th wk). Okay 
$12,500. Last week, $14,600. 

Earle (WB) (2,700; 50-94) — "I, 
Jane Doe" (Rep) and "In Old Los 
Angeles" (Rep). Weak $12,000. 
Last week, "River Lady" (U), 
$13,000. 

Fox (20th) (2,250; 50-94)— "Date 
With Judy" (M-G). Fancy $30,000. 
Last week, "Deep Waters" (20th), 
slow $17,000. 

Goldman (Goldman) (1,000; 50- 
94)— "Tap Roots" (U) (3d wk). 
Continuing great pace at $20,000. 
Last week, socko $26,000. 

Karlton (Goldman) (1,000; 50-94) 
—"So Evil My Love" (Par). Neat 
$16,000. Last week, "Berlin Ex- 
press" (RKO) (2d wk), $8,000. 

Keith's (Goldman) (1,300; 50-94) 
—"Street With No Name" (20th). 
Mild $5,000. Last week, "Island 
With You" (M-G), $6,000. 

Pix (Cummins) (500; 50-94) — 
"Hunted" (Mono) and "Who Killed 
'Doc' Robbin" (U). Mild $4,000 for 
double bill. Last week, "Lady 
from Shanghai" (Col), $5,000. 

.Mastbaum (WB) (4,360; 50-94)— 
"Easter Parade" (M-G) (4th wk). 
Holding well at $18,000. Last 
week, sturdy $24,600. 

Stanley (WB) (2,950; 50-94) — 
"Key Largo" (WB). Best thing in 
town at smash $42,000 or over. 
Last week, "Dream Girl" (Par), 
very dull $14,200. 
, Stanton (WB) (1,475; 50-94) — 
''Man-Eater of Kumaon" (U). Dis- 
appointing at $8,000. Last week, 
"Flowing Gold" (WB) and "God's 
Country and Woman" (WB) (re- 
issues), $8,500. 



Estimates Are Net 

Film gross estimates as re- 
ported herewith from the vari- 
ous key cities, are- net, i.e., 
without the 20% tax. Distribu- 
tors share on net take, when 
playing precentage, hence the 
estimated figures are net in- 
come. 

The parenthetic admission 
prices, however, as indicated, 
include the U. S. amusement 
tax. 



Rain lifts B way; 'Isiand'-'Stop Musk' 
Loud $96,000, A. & C. Rousing $38,000, 
'Ruth' Lofty 36G, 'largo -Basic 6SG, 3d 



Break in the heat Saturday (31) 
night following rain which kept 
temperature down again Sunday 
(1) is proving a real lifesayer for 
Broadway firstrun theatres this ses- 
sion. Rainy Sunday and cooler 
weather that day which kept thou- 
sands from beaches and cancelled 
two major league ball games, 
helped overcome losses sustained 
from sweltering heat last Tuesday 
(27) and Wednesday. 

Start of three new pictures and 
a second-run combo in past week 
also gave business a fresher' tone. 
End of airconditioning strike at 
Loew and RKO theatres late last 
Wednesday (28) night was a great 
help to the Capitol, Criterion, 
State and Palace, Broadway houses 
involved, after Tuesday-Wednes- 
day heat had melted trade badly. 

"On Island With You" and 
"Stop the Music" radio show on- 
stage is giving the Capitol a big 
$96,000. "Babe Ruth Story," after 
beim. leaped on by nearly all N. Y. 
crin-otfs not living up to initial 
pnhe jse. Finished first week last 
M" May (2) night at strong $36,- 
0>the Mt far from sensational. 

accebott-Costello Meet Franken- 
s. ' ■*!; is bringing the Criterion a 
f ggf* week with $38,000. Had 
" f„e handicap, too, opening in 
} • heat while house was without 

laSS n l 9n t "EV.ii,- Vatxae Worf" 



iair plant. "Four Faces West' 
opened a day ahead of schedule 
at the Globe yesterday (Tues.) 
when "Deep Waters" sagged. "Kill- 
ers"-"Brute Force" second-run com- 
bo, looks okay $12,000 at Winter 
Garden. 

After playing to about 233,000 
people in first two weeks, "Street 
With No Name" with Cab Callo- 
way, Vivian Blaine, "Jackie Miles 
and iceshow will get very- strong 
$93,000 in third stanza at Roxy. 
House is opening; "Walls of Jeri- 
cho," with stageshow headed ' by 
Dick Haymes, Tommy Trent and 
iceshow today (Wed.) because of 
previous Commitments. 

Seventh and final week of "Em- 
peror Waltz" at Music Hall looks 
to reach nice $115,000, making 
around $980,000 for seven weeks, 
new high for 1948 and longest run 
of year at Hall. "Date With Judy" 
opens tomorrow (Tours.). 

While off from second session, 
"Key Largo" with Count Basie 
band and BiHie Holiday topping 
stagebiU still is very sturdy $69,000 
for third round at Strand. May- 
fair brings in "Return of Bad 
Men" today (Wed.) after 10 very 
successful weeks with "Time of 
Life." 

Paramount launched "Beyond 
Glory" last night (Tues.) with pic- 
ture and new stageshow headed by 
Peggy Lee, Jan Murray and Ray 
Eberle band. Group of 300 cadets 
from U. S. Military Academy and 
big Army band stationed at Point 
went to theatre for preem showing. 
"Foreign Affair" with Jo Stafford 
on stage finished off slightly ab- 
breviated fifth week at around $53,- 
000, for very solid engagement. 
Estimates for This Week 

Astor (City Inv.) (1,300; 70-$1.50) 
—"Babe Ruth Story" (Mono) (2d 
wk). First week ended last Mon- 
day (2) looks to hit strong $36,000, 
special ad campaign featuring Babe 
Ruth personal letter helping over- 
come crix rhubarb. However, not 
measuring up to optimistic advance 
hopes. Final 11 days (8th wk) of 
"Melody Time" (RKO) okay 
$16,000. 

Capitol (Loew's) (4,820; 80-$1.50) 
—"Island With You" (M-G) and 
"Stop the Music" radio show on- 
stage. First week ending today 
(Wed.) looks big $96,000 or near; 
naturally holds over. Restoration 
of air-conditioning helped teeoff. 
In ahead, fifth week of "Ft 
Apache" (RKO) and Lena Home 
heading stageshow was* hurt by 
walkout of airconditioning engi- 
neers, especially at end of run, 
and got only mild $44,000. • ' 

Criterion (Loew's) (17700; 70- 
$1.85) — "Abbott-CosteUo Meet 
Frankenstein" (U) (2d wk). First 
round ended last (Tues.) night was 
near rousing $38,000. In ahead, 
third week "Canon City" (EL) slip- 
ped down to $12,000, no aircondi- 
tioning hurting badly final days. 

Globe (Brandt) (1,500; 90-S1.50) 
—"Four Faces West" (UA). Opened 
yesterday (Tues.), a day ahead of 
originally planned date. Second 
week of 5 days for "Deep Waters" 
(20th) was very dim $6,000 after 
thin $12,000 initial week. 

Mayfair (Brandt) (1,736; 90-$1.80) 
—"Return of Bad Men" (RKO). 
Opens today (Wed.). Last week, 
(10th-6 days) for "Time of Life" 
(UA) okay $8,000 after $10,000 for 
ninth, for very successful run. 

Palace .(RKO) (1,700; 40-95) — 



"Regards to Broadway" (20th) and 
"Green Grass" (20th) (2d runs). 
Looks fairly good $9300. Last 
week, "Romance High Seas" (WB) 
and "Father, Dunne" (RKO) (2d 
runs), slipped to mild $7,000, way 
below hopes, lack of aircondition- 
ing cutting deeply into final days. 

Paramount (Par) (3,664; 55-$1.50) 
—"Beyond Glory" (Par) with 
stageshow headed by Peggy Lee, 
Jan Murray, Ray Eberle orch. Teed 
off last (Tues.) night with picked 
group of upperclassmen from West 
Point attending preem for topshelf 
bally. Last week, "Foreign Affair" 
(Par) with Jo Stafford, Sam Dona- 
hue orch topping stagebiU (5th wk- 
6Vfe days), down to $53,000 after 
$59,000 for fourth. 

Radio City Music Hall (Rockefel- 
lers) (5,945; 80-$2.40)— "Emperor 
Waltz" (Par) with stageshow (7th- 
final wk). Winding -up longest, 
biggest coin run of year today 
(Wed.) at good $115,000 after $126,- 
000 for sixth, over hopes. Makes 
close to $980,000 for full seven 
weeks, new high here for .1948. 
"Date With Judy" (M-G) and new 
stageshow open tomorrow (Thurs.). 

Rialto (Mage) (594; 44-99) — 
"Money Madness" (FC) and 
"Blonde Ice* (FC) (2d wk). Initial 
holdover round ending next Fri- 
day (6) holding well at $7,500 or 
better after solid $11,600 opener, 
unusually big for this combo. 
"Gung Ho" (FC) and "Eagle's 
Squadron" (FC) (reissues) open 
Saturday (7); 

KivoU (UAT-Par) .(2,092; 60- 
$1.25)— "So Evil My Love" fPart 
(2d wk). Off, sharply in second 
frame with good $24,000 likely 
after strong $34,000 opener. Likely 
wiU stay a third, with "Velvet 
Touch" (RKO) due to follow 
around Aug. 12. 

Boxy (20th) (5,886; 80-$1.80) — 
"Walls of Jericho" (20th) plus 
Dick Haymes, Buster Shaver, 
Tommy Trent and iceshow featur- 
ing Carol Lynne. Fritz Dietl on- 
stage. Opens today (Wed.). Last 
week, "Street No Name" (20th) 
with Cab Calloway, Vivian Blaine, 
Jackie Miles and iceshow (3d wk), 
still stayed very strong at $93,000 
after big $107,000 for second, con- 
siderably over hopes, hot weather 
not doing nearby picketed houses 
any good. Opener was sock $132,- 
000, making highly profitable run 
for this combo. 

State (Loew's) (3,450; 80-$1.50)— 
"Easter Parade" (M-G) (6th wk). 
Doing comparatively better in fifth 
week ended last (Tues.) night than 
recently, with return of normal 
airconditioning a big boost; cool 
Sunday also a big help. Looks 
stout $35,000 after $40,000 for 
fourth. Both figures rated splen- 
did profit for this stage of run. 

Strand (WB) (2,756; 76-$1.50)— 
"Key Largo" (WB) with stageshow 
headed by Count Basie orch, Billie 
HoUday (3d wk). Slipping off to 
$69,000, stUl very big for third ses- 
sion after great $80,000 for second. 
Show booked for four weeks, and 
may go longer. 

Victoria (City Inv.) (720; 70- 
$1.50) — House now shuttered for 
complete facelifting and enlarging 
of seating capacity, with no open- 
ing until late fall. Last week, 
"Raw Deal" (EL) (3d wk-11 days), 
okay $16,000 after $12,000 for sec- 
ond. 

Winter Garden (UA) (1,312; 55- 
$1.25)— "Killers" (U) and "Brute 
Force" (U) (2d runs). First week 
ending today (Wed.) looks nice 
$12,000 for second-run combo. 
Looks to stay only one week long- 
er. In ahead, "Man-Eater of Ku- 
maon" (U) (4th wk) was $6,000. 



'Street 7 NSG f 15,500 In 
Denver; 'Parade' Hep 23G 

Denver, Aug. 3. 

"Easter Parade" is heading pro- 
cession of mild business here with 
smash week at Orpheum. "Street 
With No Name" looks on mUd side 
at two theatres, being fair in one 
but okay in the other. "So Evil My 
Love" is good at Denham, and 
holds. . 

Estimates for This Week 

Aladdin (Fox) (1,400; 35-74)— 
"Key Largo" (WB) and "Stage 
Struck" (Mono) (m.o.). Fair $3,500 
or over. Last week, "Romance High 
Seas'.' (WB) and "Winner's Circle" 
(20th) (m.o.), fair $3,000. 

Broadway (Cinema) (1,500; 35- 
74)— "Best Years" (RKO) (6th wk). 
Trim $7,000. Last week, $7,500. 

Denham (Cockrill) (1,750; 35-70) 
—"So EvU My Love" (Par). Good 
$11,000. Holds. Last week, "Em- 
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FILM REVIEWS 



11 



Pitfall 

Hollywood, July 31. 

1 r ttlie.l Artists release of Samuel Bischnlr 
(tte^al Films) production. Stars Dick Po- 
well. Lizaheth Scott, Jane Wyatl; -features 
Ka.Miiuiijl Uurr, John Intel, Byron Burr, 
Juinm Hum, Ann Doran. Kclmor Jackson. 
liii'Mii.i i>y Andre De Toth. Sereenjilay, 
Karl Kamlj; based on novel, "The Pitfall"' 
by .l.i> Deader; camera. Harry Wilrt; edi- 
tor, Waller Thompson: music. X.ouis 
Km -bes Previewed July 30, '48. Running [ 
tuno, 8.1 M INS. 

#'••!« KwbM ,. Dick Powell 

lliin,i Stevens, Lteibelh Heotl 

Sue Knrhes Jtine Wyutl 

Jdact)onald , Raymond Burr 

J'Msirl. i Attorney John Lllrt 

Mill Smile> ; . liyron Harr 

T.uittny Forbes jimmy Hunt 

W-'ti^'e , Ann Doran 

JM lit an ley ...Selmer Jackson 

Terry Margaret Wells 

l'esk Sergeant Dick Wassel 



"Pitfall" never lives up to its 
promise of tight, suspense) ul melo- 
drama. It's a watered-down screen 
version of Jay Dratler's . tough 
novel that loses an excellent idea 
for high dramatics somewhere 
along the production road. The 
promise of exciting stuff is always 
present, but never delivered. Just 
moderate b.o. attention is all it will 
rate. 

Dick Powell, with a reputation 
for credible toughguy characteri- 
zations, has ' scant chance to get 
going in this one. He works well 
enough with material and has a 
few high spots but, on the whole, 
he disappoints as docs the picture. 
Lizabeth Scott gets a bit more 
credence into her role. Soundest 
characterization is given by Jane 
Wyatt, who makes believable her 
wife role with an intelligent per- 
formance backed by the script's 
best dialog. 

Screen adaptation of the Dratler 
novel presented a tough problem 
and only basic idea was lifted. 
That was still solid enough for 
sturdy film fare, but Karl Kamb 
has given it weak-kneed scripting 
and a tritely projected ending 
which Andre De Toth's direction 
doesn't help. Production sight 
values are excellent. Samuel 
Bischoff should have exercised the 
same care in insuring entertain- 
ment that would pay off on meller 
promises. 

Powell is an insurance man, 
bored with his humdrum, clock- 
ruled life. This makes him a set- 
up for Miss Scott's charms when 
he calls on her to collect gifts 
made by an absconder, now in jail. 
Their mutual attraction leads to 
one amorous night together and a 
guilty conscience. Raymond Burr, 
mountainous private eye, tries to 
make something of the incident be- 
cause he has been spurned by Miss 
Scott. The something leads to 
Powell killing the absconder, 
paroled from jail and egged on to 
attack Powell by Burr. There's 
a full confession to the wife and 
the d.a., i. lecture from both and 
ending finds Powell hopeful of re- 
newing a happy married life. 

Jimmy Hunt is cute as Powell's 
son and has been given equally cute 
lines. Burr is excellent. Litel has 
only one scene as the lecturing d.a. 
Byron Barr, the absconder, Ann 
Do ran, Selmer Jackson and others 
have been given casual direction 
by De Toth. 

Technical aids are topnotch; 
Harrv Wild's camera work, score, 
editing, settings and art direction 
all representing expert craftsman- 
ship. Brog. 



Ha<:hel «■••! the Stranger 

(SONGS) 

Hollywood, Aug. 3. 

BKft release of Richard H. Berger pro- 
duction, stars Loretta Young-, William 
IlitMen. Hubert. Mitchum; features Gary 
(Stay. Tom Tully, Sara Haden. Frank 
FViXUson. Wither Baldwin, Regtaa Wal- 
lace Directed by Norman Foster. Screcn- 
ttlar, Waldo Salt; from Btory, "Rachel" by 
Howard Past; camera, Maury Gertsnian: 
editor, l.es Millbrook; songs, Roy Webb, 
Wsldo Stilt. Trsdeshown at Los Angeles, 
Auk. 'W. nunnlng time, 92 MISS. 

Rachel ' Loretta Young 

Hi, navey William Holden 

jiiii Robert Mitchum 

Pavey Gary Gray 

. Putsuu Jackson ,...Tom Tully 

Mo. Jackson Sara Haden 

Wr. Kreeu Frank Ferguson 

Gitllus Walter Baldwin 

Mo>. Ureen Rcglna Wallace 



makes a play for her. Such at- 
tention sparks some interest in the 
husband and the triangle spins an 
anticipated- course, with the Indian 
raid bringing the husband and wife 
together »s lovers for the finale 
clinch. 

Within the bounds of the script, 
everyone concerned do good, if 
not outstanding jobs. Even pace 
maintained by Norman Foster's di- 
rection is in keeping with writing 
but his handling of the night raid 
on the settler's cabin by redskins 
is solid action stuff. Flaming ar- 
rows and war whoops pinpoint 
pioneer danger but, unfortunately, 
there isn't enough of it in preced- 
ing footage. ■ 

Holden enacts the dour settler, 
so deeply in love with his dead 
wife he fails to appreciate, or even 
notice, the charms of his new 
bondswoman bride. Miss Young 
has only two costume changes and 
her makeup is true to role, but 
she makes some glamor shine 
through. Mitchum is the aimlessly 
wandering hunter — Romeo who, 
like the angel, in "The Bishop's 
Wife," makes the husband aware 
of wifely charms by his own ad- 
miration of them. Gary Gray is 
good as Holden's wild young son. 
Others make only brief appear- 
ances. 

There is- an appeal to the five 
songs that aptly fit story demands. 
Mitchum lends an untutored pleas- 
ing vocal nonchalance to "Oh He 
Oh Hi Oh Ho," "Just Like Me" 
and "Foolish Pride." He joins 
with- Miss Young on "Tall, Dark 
Stranger" and "Summer Song." 
All have a folksy flavor as cleffed 
by Roy Webb and Waldo Salt. Lat- 
ter also was responsible for the 
script, from a story, "Rachel," by 
Howard Fast, and Webb did the 
smooth background score. 

Richard H. Berge.r's production, 
under executive supervision of 
Jack J. Gross, utilizes exteriors al- 
most completely, with the rustic 
cabin and a wilderness fort the 
only sets required. Scenic values 
are good and Maury Gertzman 
gave them sharp lensing. Editing 
holds the film to an adaptable 92 
minutes. , Brog. 



Miniature Reviews 

"Pitfall" (UA). Melodrama 
with only moderate entertain- 
ment values. 

"Rachel and the Strangrer" 
(RKO). Unexciting saga of a 
love triangle In pioneer days. 
Strong cast to help b.o. 

"Two Guys, from Texas". 
(Musical-Color) (WB) Enter- . 
Uining ' musical about two er- 
rant nitery performers. 

"The Spiritualist" (ELK Tur- 
han Bay, Lynn Bari in unusual 
meller of mediums and murder. 

"Fighting Back" (20th). Okay 
dualer. 

"The Red Shoes" (British) 
(GFD). Meller with ballet back 
ground; too limited in audi- 
ence appeal and too long for 
big V. S. biz. 

"Variety Time" (RKO). 
Well-edited series of clips 
from many films made cohe- 
sive by Jack Paar's emceeing. 



no harm in the actors being casual 
about it. What matters is that 
there are the proper comedy situa- 
tions, song cues, and the musical 
numbers and laugh lines are re- 
soundingly put oyer. Visually, the 
picture is good, as the color photo- 
graphy capitalizes on the vivid 
ranch decor. 

David Butler's direction suits the 
tempo to the style of the picture 
and the mood of the scene, 
skillfully avoiding lagging spots. 
Morgan is likable enough as the 
romantic lead, and Carson does 
some hilarious mugging as the 
comedy lead. Dorothy Malone has 
the requisite looks as the heroine, 
while Penny Edwards puts over the 
musical femme lead reasonably 
well, but occasionally hammers her 
song numbers a trifle. Forrest 
Tucker, Fred Clark and Andrew 
Tombes are notable in supporting 
parts. Kobe. 



Two Guys from Texas 

(COLOR-MUSICAL) 

Warner Bros, release of Alex Gottlieb 
production. Staff* Dennis Morgan, Jack 
('arson: features Dorothy Malone, Penny 
Edwards. Directed by David Butler. 
Screenplay. I. A. L. Diamond and Allen 
Boretz, suggested by play, by Robert Sloane 
and Louis Pelletier: songs. Jule Styne, 
Sammy C'atin; dances by l.e Roy Prlnzi 
musical director, Leo F. Forlistein; or- 
chestral arrangements. Ray Helndnrf: car- 
toon sequence directed by 1. Freleng; 
camera (Technicolor), Arthur [-Meson and 
William V. Skall; editor. Irene Morrit. 
Previewed K. Y., Julv 28, '4S. Running 
lime, H« WINS* 

'Steve Carroll Dennis Morgan 

Danny Foster ....luck '("arson 

Joan Winston Dorothy Malone 

Maggie Ueed IVnny Edwards 

" 'Tex*' Bennett Forrest Tucker 

Dr. Slraeger Fred nark 

Link Jessup Gerald Mohr 

Jim Crocker lohn Alvitt 

"The Texan" Andrew Tombes 

1'ete Nash Monte fllue 

Specialty Philttarmonlca Trio 



The Spiritualist 

Hatgle Lion relottse of Ben Stotoff pro- 
duction; Stars Turhttit Bey, Lynn Bari, 
Cathy O'Donnell. Directed by Bernard 
Vorhaus. Screenplay, Muriel Roy Boltun 
and Ian Hunter from original by Crane 
"Wilbur; -camera, John Alton; editor, Nor- 
man Colbert. Tradexlfowt,, N. Y., July 
SI, '48. Bunnlng lime, 78 SUNS. 

Alexis . ..Tul-lian Bey 

Christine V'aber .'Lynn Burt 

Janet Burke Cathy O'Donnell 

Martin Abbott. Richard Carlson 

Paul Faber Donald Curtis 

Kmily ■ ..*........., ..Virginia Gregg 

Hoffman Harry Mendoza 



"Rachel and the Stranger" plods 
an agreeable, if unexciting, enter- 
tainment path in narrating story of 
pioneer days and love Jn the wil- 
derness. Star names are good, some 
marquee luster being provided by 
Loretta Young, William Holden 
and Robert Mitchum, which should 
sharpen b.o. response. 

Mood of the picture is pleasant 
but is so even that interest isn't 
too strong. Dangers of pioneering 
in a wilderness, vaguely referred 
to as the northwest, could have 
been more excitingly depicted. 
Single incident of excitement— a 
strong one — is put off until the 
finale and has a socko Indian raid 
on a settler's homestead in the 
wilds. 

Otherwise, narrative maintains 
its even pace in telling story of a 
pioneer who buys a bride to do the 
chores and teaches niceties of life 
to his motherless son. The bride 
is onlv a servant until a hunter, 
friend of the groom, appears and 



This mistitled filmusical is about 
a couple of mediocre nitery sorig- 
and-dance men who go to, not come 
from, Texas to run afoul of misad- 
ventures and romance on a dude 
ranch. It's lightweight stuff, but 
unpretentious and moderately di- 
verting, and should at least keep 
the customers seated until the top 
feature comes on. 

In a modest way, "Two Guys 
from Texas" is a spoof of musical 
westerns, for it presents the 
broncho-bustin', gun-totin', frontier 
stuff as window dressing to give 
the big city dudes their money's 
worth. Also, there's a lampoon 
Hollywood cowboy number as well 
as some kidding t almost - on - the- 
square about swaggering Texans. 
The songs are tuneful, though un- 
distinguished, the musical numbers 
are skillfully staged and pleasantly 
brief. 

The opening song number, "Mu- 
sic in the Land," done by. Dennis 
Morgan and Jack Carson supposed- 
ly bouncing over the Texas range 
in a aged Ford, is enjoyable. 
There's also a fairly good song and 
dance number, "I Don't Care If It 
Rains All Night," by Carson and 
Penny Edwards, but possibly the 
top musical spot is the hokum "I 
Want to Be a Cowboy in the 
Movies" duet by Morgan and. Car- 
son. Other songs are "Everyday I 
Love You a Little Bit More" and 
"HankerinV 

In the comedy department there 
are a few good scenes, notably one 
in which the two girls and two boys 
prepare for bed in adjacent rooms, 
with their two conversations clever- 
ly integrated for laughs. There's 
also some passably good slapstick, 
as the two performers flee jail and 
mix with a rodeo crowd in almost 
Keystone Kop fashion. A cartoon 
dream sequence is only mildly 
effective. 

Nobody could take the plot 
seriously, of course, least of all 
the authors themselves, so there's 



Novel story, working in methods 
used by mediums to obtain high 
fees, turns out to be high tension' 
melodrama. It has .been expertly 
directed by Bernard Vorhaus from 
a whale of a yarn' by Crane Wilbur. 
Helped by topflight performances 
by Turhan Bey, Lynn Bari and 
Cathy O'Donnell, "The Spiritual- 
ist" should prove strong boxoffice. 
Whether only passably stout or 
really big in most spots will depend 
on how sold, because picture is 
one that can be circused into real 
proportions. 

Idea of mixing a spiritualist's 
machinations and usual spook 
screen sounds with a slambang 
murder plot has been worked out 
effectively. Miss Bari, as the rich, 
young widow, imagines being - in 
contact with her deceased husband, 
who supposedly had died in an 
auto crash two years previously. 
That proves a workable thesis for 
seance expert Bey until he finds 
the mate, Donald Curtis, actually 
is alive. Also that the "dead" hus- 
band is plotting to get control of 
his wife's estate. 

Ben Stoloff has given the picture 
magnificent production, with much 
action in and about a stately man- 
sion perched high on a cliff over- 
looking the Pacific. Such setting 
makes for breath-taking scenes and 
obvious thrill sequences as the wife 
is lead along the top of the cliff 
while half-drugged. The odd 
sound effects, mysterious voices 
and other peculiar noises have been 
captured in one of the top sound- 
recording jobs of the year. 

Bey chips in with probaDly bis 
top performance as the money- 
grabbing medium while Miss Bari 
as the much-distressed wife who 
yens contact with her dead hus- 
band is also considerably better 
than in recent efforts. Miss O'Don- 
nell .does excellent work as the 
younger lass Who seeks to save her 
sister, first from the spiritualist 
and then from her supposedly dead 
husband. 

Curtis tops the support as the 
hubby who returns to life. Harry 
Mendoza does a neat job as the 
ex-magico, now a sleuth, who helps 
run down Bey's seance setup. Rich 
ard Carlson does well in the thank- 
less role of a persistent suitor. 

Besides Vorhaus' fine direction, 
picture Is helped by sterling cam- 
eraing by John Alton and slick 
editing by Norman Colbert. The 
unusual photo effects are nicely 
done by George J. Teaguc. 

Wear. 



Fighting Hack 

Hollywood, July 30. 

Ttveuticth-lfox release of Hoi M. Wurtstel 
production. Features Caul Langum, Jean 
Rogers, Gary Gray. Joe Sawyer. Mortis 
Ankrutn, John Jellogg, Daisy (canine). 
Directed by Mai Si. Clair. Story and 
screenplay. John Stone; camera, Benjamin 
Kline: editor. William P. Claxlon. At 
GraumaJtCs Chinese, Hollywood. July 30, 
•18. Running time, tU MIN». 

Nick Sanders , Paul T,tiitgl«n 

June Sanders .....Jean Rogers 

Jimmy Sanders <lary Gray 

Sergen.nl scttdder '.' Joe Sawyer 

Mr. Hlgby Morris Aukrum 

Sam Lung .'...John Kellogg 

Mrs. Bitchy Dorothy Christy 

]j»rrv Higliy , Tommy . Ivo 

Mrs. Winkle I'l'la Tyler 

Colonel ...Metro H'ntkin 

Snuffy Daisy 

"Fighting Back" never gets 
above its programmer classification 
but, in that bracket, is okay ma- 
terial. Plot is fairly plausible and 
fits the title.- Dramatic elements 
come off best and would have been 
stronger but for distracting comedy 
hokum. 

Story concerns ex-convict who 
starts on the straight and narrow 
after serving in the war. On 
parole, his attempts to provide a 
legal living for himself, his wife 
and son are going smoothly until 
an old criminal associate appears 
on the scene. Parolee becomes in- 
volved in the theft of a bracelet 
from his employer's wife.. Bauble 
lias been stolen by the canine, 
Daisy, at instructions of the 
former gangster pal, hut inevit- 
able happy ending rights all 
wrongs when the dog points out 
the real culprit. 

Mai St. Clair's direction keeps 
the piece on the move and draws 
acceptable performances from the 
cast. Paul Langton handles his 
lead role pleasantly, as does Jean 
Rogers as his wife and Gary Gray,, 
the son. Daisy will please the 
femmes and kiddies, John Kel- 
logg is an okay villain. Joe 
Sawyer, policeman; Morris Au- 
krum, Dorothy Christy are among 
others in featured spots. 

Production supervision by Sol 
M. Wurtzcl has obtained good 
values for budget allotment, set- 
tings, art direction and other phys- 
°cal appurtenances being kept sim- 
ple to fit struggling young couple's 
financial standing. • Brog. 

The Red Shoes 

(Color) 
(BRITISH) 

London, July 27. 

General Film Distributors release of J. 
Arthur Rank-Archera production. "Stars 
Marius Goring, Anion Waibrook, Moira, 
shearer. Directed and written by Michael 
1'owell, Emetic Preasburger; additional 
dialog by Keitb Winter; editor, Reginald 
■Mills. Music by Brian Haednle; ballets, 
Robert Helpmann: camera (Technicolor). 
Jack Cardiff, Christopher Challls. At 
Odeon. Umdon, July 20. '-48. Running time, 
13* MI.VS. 

Boris I.ermontoc Anton Waibrook 

Julian Craaler Marius Coring 

Victoria Page ..Molra Shearer 

LJubov Leonide Mnssine 

Ivan Boleslawsky Robert Helpmann 

Ratov , Albert Basset-man 

'dvy ..Esmond Knight 

Roronskaji , T.udmilla Tcheri na 

U>rd Oldham Derek Elphlnstone 

Lady -Neman Irene Brown 

Professor Palmer. .Austin TrcvtoV 

Madame Rambert Madame Humbert 

Dlmitrl Eric Berry 

The growing popularity of the 
ballet in Britain has been a post- 
war phenomenon, and undoubtedly 
influenced Powell and Presburger 
to produce this, their last for Rank. 
Although good ballet is assured 
boxoffice in London and possibly 
other big cities, its popularity in 
small towns and country districts 
is dubious. And in America, too, 
it will- probably only attract a 
limited audience. 

For the first 60 minutes, this is 
a commonplace backstage melo- 
drama, in which temperamental 
ballerinas replace the more con- 
ventional showgirls. Then a superb 
ballet of the Red Shoes, based on 
a Hans Anderson fairy tale, is 
staged with breath-taking beauty, 
put-classing anything that could be 
done on the stage. It is a colorful 
sequence, full of artistry, imagina- 
tion and magnificence. The three 
principal dancers, Moira, Shearer, 
Leonide Massine and Robert Help- 
mann, are beyond criticism. 

Then the melodrama resumes, 
story being about the love of a 
ballerina for a young composer, 
thus incurring the severe displeas- 
ure of the ruthless Boris Lermon- 
tov, guiding genius of the ballet 
company. Caught up between her 
two loves, her husband and her 
dancing, the ballerina dances her 
way to death, echoing the theme of 
the Red Shoes ballet. 

Although the story may be trite, 
there are many compensations, 
notably the flawless performance 
of Anton Waibrook, whose inter- 
pretation of the role of Lermontov 
is one of the best things he has 
done, on the screen. Moira Shearer, 
glamorous red-head, who has al- 
ready achieved fame as a ballerina, 
shows that she can act as well as. 
dance, while Marius Goring, pol* 
ished as ever, plays the young com- 
poser with enthusiasm. 

The supporting roles have been 
carefully filled, including Esmond 
Knight, Eric Berry, Austin Trevor 
and Albert Basserman. 

Other assets that can be chalked 



up are the wide variety of inter- 
esting locations — London, Paris, 
Monte Carlo, magnificent settings, 
firstclass Technicolor and some 
brilliant musical scores played by 
the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 
with Sir Thomas Beecham as con? 
ductor. In spite of all this, the pic- 
ture fails to come up to expecta- 
tions. It will disappoint the ballet- 
fans who won't be satisfied with a 
15-minute show, and there isn't 
enough in the story for the general 
public to hold interest for two and 
a quarter hours. 

Variety Time 

(MUSICAL) 

HKO release of fSeorffe Blhton production. 
Leon l-h-rol and K.icur Kennedy seauencea 

dirccicd by H n I I'tttos. Krrol screenplay, 
Hal Law: Kennedy screenphty, Yates; Jack 
Pilar material by Leo Solomon, Joseph 
Qttlllan; editors, Lee Millbrook, Edward 
W. Williams. Tradeshown, Aug:, a, *48- 
Banning: time. 59 'M1NS. 

Cast: Jack Paar, Edgar Kennedy, Leon 
Krrol, Frankie Carle ft Ot-cb. Pat Kootiey, 
Mifruellto Valdes. Harold K- Lola. Jesse * 
James, Lynn. Royce & Vanya, Dorothy 
Grander, Jack Norton, Minerva I'l-ecal, 
Florence Lake, Jack Rice, Dot Farley, Hal 
Concern", 



RKO in putting together a fea- 
ture length film consisting, of clips 
from out-of-circulation musicals, 
comedy shorts, sequences from si- 
lent films and faces left on the 
cutting room floor, have pre- 
destined such a release to the 
lower end of a dualler. However, 
the results coincide with the best 
video formula that's been found to 
date. "Variety Time" resembles 
closely the format that's been 
clicking on the Texaco Star Thea- 
tre, regarded by many as televi- 
sion's brightest program, 

"Variety Time" is similar to the 
tele program, inasmuch as there's 
a good emcee (Jack Paar) tying 
together various song, dance, and 
specialty sequences. It's virtually 
perfect video fare. But sole 
drawbacks in selling this film to 
the 28 video stations now operat- 
ing are the insufficiency of funds 
to buy current features and the 
low key photography in many se- 
quences which would make parts 
of the picture not bright enough 
for the sets now on the market. 

For theatres, the well-edited 
"Variety Time" will he mildly 
amusing. Although Jack 'Paar does 
a clever job of projecting the in- 
dividual sequences, many will have 
the ring of familiarity, inasmuch as 
pictures they were taken from hav* 
been previously released. The Ed- 
gar Kennedy and Leon Errol shorts 
have already made the rounds as 
has the Miguelito Valdes "Babalu". 
clip with terping by Harold & Lola. 

The vaude specialties are well 
staged with Pat Rooney doing his 
familiar "Daughter of Rosie 
O'Grady" tap, originally made for 
the Eddie Cantor pic, "Show Busi- 
ness;" Jesse and James hitting * 
good pace With their tray-balancing 
and acrohoofery, and Lynn, Royce 
Sc Vanya (team is now split with 
Vanya doing straight terping with. 
Pierre D'Ahgelo) making a nice 
impression with comedy dancing. 
Frankie Carle's band contributes 
the "Carle Boogie." 

The silent clips comprise a 1922 
fashion newsreel, a William S. 
Hart western and a 1911 Biograph 
release, "Two Paths." Paar does an 
amusing commentary for all three. 
He also has a funny bit with Hal 
Conreid. Latter spoofs French 
cafe singers. Jose. 



Selznick 

Continued from page 5 



films which have- been dropped by 
Selznick. They were "What Every 
Young Bride Should Know," to be 
made by Edward and Robert ! 
Golden with Shirley Temple and 
John Agar starred, and "If This Be 
My Harvest," to be made by Wil- 
liam Bacher with Alida Valll, 
Robert Mitchum and Louis Jour- 
dan. 

Selznick stated that the script 
of neither film pleased him. 
Golden's pic was dropped with dif- 
ficulty, but Bachv has filed suit 
against DOS and claims he will 
make the film elsewhere with other 
stars. 

In the meantime, Selznick is go- 
ing ahead with his video plans and 
expects to start work on the first 
experimental reels within the next 
couple months. Initial production, 
to be labeled "The Selznick Test 
Stage," will be a presentation of 
new talent under contract and un- 
der option to the Selznick studio.' 

Producer has declared he's al- 
ready received offers for the show 
from video chains and sponsors, 
but has nixed them because he 
wants perfection in the experi- 
mental shorts before they are 
shown to the public. Cecil Barker 
and Arthur Fellows will be in 
charge of production. 



12 



Wedneeday, Angnat 4, 1948 





WARNER BROS 




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Screen Play by Richard Biooks ond John Husion « Based on the Play by MAXWEll ANDERSON 
As Produced on Ihe Spoken Stage, by the Playwrights Company • Music by Max Steiner 



« IU. MaAU't Kmmm. Timf.lt.' ~ 



■NYKRIVATIONAL 



13 



EVA PERON TAKES ARC B.O. CUT 



Norwegian Crix Laud Upbeat In 
U.S. Pictures; British Rated Worse 



Washington, Aug. 3. 



Norwegian critics have become i «• — , , _ 
more friendly to Hollywood offer- Mex IWUUDS SCC BlZ Oft 
ings lately as result of recent 40%* From '47 Summer 
showings of "several excellent U.S. w/prruin OUimnei 
films." At the same time, import ,„,_'., . Mexico City, July 28. 
of some second-grade British pix ! , . Wmle D1X toD all other paid pub- 
has lessened the general popular- I hc amusements here in popularity, 
ity of English films. thelr hoxoffice is disappointing, 

, , . „ j. average gross of the 93 cinemas 

development," according , here pe r month during the first 



"This 
to Nathan D. 



Golden, U. S. Com- 



merce Dept. film chief, in a series 1 
of reports this week on Norway, i 
Sweden and Spain, "emphasizes the 1 
importance to the film industry of ; 
sending the highest quality motion 
pictures abroad." 

Other developments pointed out 
by Golden include: 

1 — British film officials have 
been visiting Madrid to get Spanish 
films for the British market, while 
French officials have been there . 
discussing joint Franco-Spanish ! 
production. Both visits were in j 
late May. 

2— U. S. films are still often 
"more brutal" than Swedish cen- 
sorship allows, and 7 of 190 Holly- 
wood films were rejected last year. 
(Three of 36 British films were 
turned down.). About 30% of all 
films were cut. 

In the report on Norway, Gold- 
en states that 54% of all films cen- 
sored last year were from the U. S. 
The study puts Norwegian theatres 
at 364, of which 160 were munici- 
pally owned. Municipal theatres are 
reported as having had an 11% 
drop in earnings last year. All 
Norwegian theatres are said to 
have grossed over 53,000,000 
kroner ($10,600,000). 

U. S. films accounted for about 
77% Of Spanish grosses in May, 
Golden reports. Two German films 
were revived in Madrid during the 
month. 

The report on Sweden gives this 
"typical example" of Swedish cen- 
sorship: "A recent U. S. gangster 
movie was altered in that the mur- 
der of an elderly woman and the 
climactic shooting of the hero were 
both shortened. In each case, 
enough of the scene was left to 
present the idea and to ensure con- 
tinuity. The only real loss was 
some'excellent acting and this may 
be considered in general to be the 
only loss a well-made picture is 
likely to suffer. In the majority 
of cases, there is probably no ar- 
tistic loss at all." 

Approximately 185 U. S. feature 
films were imported last year, the 
report estimates. It quotes trade 
sources -is estimating the boxoffice 
income of these films at ' about 
$10,000,000 — the same as the ap- 
proximately 45 Swedish films 
shown last year. 



half of 1948 being only $1,100,000, 
according to the city amusements 
supervision department. 

Exhibitors claim a 40% drop in 
biz this summer from the 1947 
summer level. 



Eight U.S. Pix For 
Venice Festival 

With the Venice Flm Festival 
scheduled to get under way Aug. 
19 for a 16-day period, U. S. com- 
panies already have submitted 
eight features in the competition, 
according to the Motion Picture 
Assn. of America's Paris office. 
Named as entries are Disney's 
"Melody Time," Metro's "National 
Velvet," Paramount's "Big Clock," 
RKO's "The Fugitive," 20th-Fox' 
"Gentleman's Agreement," UI's "A 
Double Life" and Warner's "Treas- 
ure of Sierra Madre." 

Added as a late starter is David 
O. Selznick's "Duel in the Sun," 
according to an announcement by 
the producer. Also to be exhibited 
in a special category, he said, 
would be his "Since You Went 
Away" and "Rebecca." 

Sponsoring the festival are the 
Italian government and the Inter- 
national Exhibition of Cinemato- 
graphic Art of the Biennale of 
Venice, in cooperation with the 
Italian Motion Picture Assn. Top 
award will be a Grand Prix Inter- 
national which will go to the best 
feature film presented at the festi- 
val. Other prizes will be distrib- 
uted for best director, actor, ac- 
tress, cameraman, composer, scen- 
arist and set designer. 



HAYES' LONDON 'GLASS' 
SHINES IN DULL WEEK 

London, Aug. 3. 
Helen Hayes' bow here in the 
local preem of Tennessee Williams' 
'The Glass Menagerie" at the 
Hay market last Wednesday (28), 
lent a note of sparkle to an 'other- 
wise drab week. Universally ac- 
claimed, the actress scored an out- 
standing success. Despite a mixed 



U.S. Film Cos. Again Do 
Biz in Brazil as Rio 
Tables Price-fixing 

American film companies have 
instructed their branches in Brazil 
to resume normal operations, fol- 
lowing receipt of cabled advices 
Monday (2) that the government 
has suspended its price-fixing or- 
der. Yank distribs had curtailed 
operations since the order went in- 
to effect about three weeks ago. 
It put a ceiling of 40% on rentals 
and of seven cruzeiros (38c) on ad- 
missions. 

Suspension of the price controls 
will continue in effect, Rio dis- 
patches said, until a final decision 
has been handed down on the ap- 
plication of American companies 
for judicial relief. Joaquin Rick- 



PIX EXHIBTAX 
SPLIT 3 WAYS 

Montevideo, July 27. 
Everyone wants a cut in box- 
office receipts in Argentina and 
the first to get her finger in the 
pie is the president's wife, Senora j 
Maria Eva Duarte de Peron, who 
has signed a deal with exhibitors, 
distributors and producers. This 
followed lengthy dickering between 
the Entertainment Board Director, 
Senor Claudio Martinez Paiva and 
reps of the picture industry, and 
brings a tax of 10 centavos (2c.) on 
every film ticket sold in Argentine 
during the next two years.. 

Of the coin collected v;a this | 
tax,. 50% will go to the welfare 
fund administrated by the Senora 
de Peron for the poor; 40% to set 
up a fund to "improve long-reel 
national pix" and 10% to the wel- 
fare fund of Exhibitors Assn. 

Senora de Peron's welfare fund 
is run largely like Hitler's "Win- 
terhilf." All fields of activity are 
gradually being roped in to con- 
tributing in one way or another, 
and any attempt to avoid donating 
whatever amount that is assessed 
meets with reprisals, either via re- 
fusals of permits to import neces- 
sary raw materials, denial of loans 
from banks or in other ways. 
Argentine Stock Exchange has been 
one of most recent contributors to 
the fund, with Buenos Aires 
brokers taxed $50 for each em- 
ployee used on the exchange floor. 

The new tax is to apply only on 
film theatres exhibiting feature 
films, and not on newsreel or docu- 
mentary theatres. Houses charging 
admission under. 80 centavos (16c.) 
are also excluded. The 40%, which 
is to be devoted to production of 
improved Argentine pix, is to be 
used only to assist studios already 
working when the tax came into 
force, and should benefit produc- 
tions filmed here. 

Boxoffice receipts have fallen off 
slightly although. the height of the 
winter season here. Cold and rainy 
weather conditions may account for 
the slump, but exhibitors are more 
inclined to blame it on the drop in 
quality of products. During the six 
months ending June 30, only 238 
pix were preemed in Buenos 
Aires film theatres. Of these, 126 
were North American productions. 

These figures show a decrease in 
the number of Hollywood releases, 
chiefly due to dollar shortages and 
the Peron government's protection- 
ist policy for Argentine films. Only 
two more Argentine pix have been 
released than in 1947, however, 
which is not" a very considerable 
increase to justify all the protec- 
tionist measures. The figure is 
down for French and British, but 
the Italians and Mexicans show a 
bigger importation than last year. 



Devaluation in Mexico May Result 
h Higher Percentage Pix Deals 



Manila Symph Mapping 
Tour of U.S., Hawaii 

Manila, July 28. 
The Manila Municipal Symphony 
Orchestra is planning an extended 
concert tour in Hawaii and the 
U. S. 

Alfredo Lozano, Manila impre 1 
sario who is arranging details of 
the tour, said the government is 
subsidizing the cultural venture, 
indicating growing government 
interest in musical development. 



Lab Workers In 
London May Walk 

London, Aug. 3. 
Labor trouble is breaking out in 
the industry again and a general 
stoppage in the labs is threatened 
unless an agreement on wage in- 
creases between the employers and 
the union is concluded In the next 
few days. 

General Council^of the Assn. of . more pesos in exchange for their 
Cine-Technicians Is meeting tomor- foreign currency, especially from 



► Mexico City, July 28. 

Decision of government here to 
devaluate Mexican money has re- 
sulted in upsets here, some produc- 
ing gloom and others considerable 
optimism. New value of Mexican 
coin, under devaluation, would be 
6.50 or nearly seven pesos per U.S. 
dollar as against 4.85 or about five 
pesos per American dollar. Latter 
rate has prevailed since 1939. 

U. S. pix: distributors are still as 
bewildered as other lines of busi- 
ness over the devaluation an- 
nouncement of July 22. Most 
American distribs waiting for fix- 
ing of new peso-dollar setup before 
remitting to N~ Y. Some are buy- 
ing dollars at 6.28 pesos per and 
sending the coin to homeoffices. 

Distributors of, U.S. and other 
foreign pix would have less coin 
for homeoffices unless they boost, 
their percentage rental deals since 
it will take more Mexican pesos in 
exchange for the American dollar. 

Equipment dealers would hike 
their prices, already up 40%, in 
order to get additional pesos for 
dollar exchange. 

The devaluation would help ex- 
porters and those catering to tour- 
ist trade, since visitors would get 



row (Wed.) to receive reports from 
its reps in the labs and decide its 
course of action. Attempts so far 
for a get-together with the Film 
Laboratory Assn. haven't borne 
fruit and union is talking of .taking 
strong action unless an immediate 
meeting is arranged. 

Demand of the workers is for a 
20% all-around increase, but the 
employers have countered with a 
proposal for an extra shilling (20c) 
on the cost-of-living bonus, which 
is based .on official figures pub- 
lished from time to time by the 
government. Counter offer has 
been turned down flat by ACT, 
which declares it has already sub- 
stantially reduced its demands. 

For the time being, Technicolor 
is outside the row,, as it has a 
separate agreement with the union, 
but' once a settlement is reached 
with the other employers, the 
Technicolor outfit will be expected 
to put its hands in its pockets 
again, and bring its pact up-to-date. 

Meanwhile, what may well be a 
reflection of the state of the labs 
today is the announcement that 
Dufay-Chromex has decided to 
postpone payment of the dividend 
on the 6% first preference shares 
due Saturday (1) until the accounts 
for the year ending Sept. 30 are 
available. % 



critical reception for the play, it i a rd, Motion Picture Assn. of Airier 



aupears headed for a long run. 
"Two other openings don't look 
substantial in the current heat- 
wave here. "No , Trees in the 
Street," a social drama whose ex- 
aggerated characters are .badly 
overwritten, drew a lukewarm re- 
ception at the St. James Tuesday 
(27). Play's star, Beatrix Lehmann, 
was disappointing. 

Also disappointing is "Jona- 
than," unveiled Thursday (29) at 
the Aldwych. A first play by revue 
author Alan Melville, the piece is 
a Biblical story of David 



ica rep in South America, is due to 
leave Rio by plane today (Wednes- 
day) for huddles with foreign de- 
partment execs in New York on 
the matter. 



BURS1WS FOREIGN PIC 
QUEST TO TAKE 6 WEEKS 



Joseph (Mayer &) Burstyn, for- 
eign film importers and distribu- 
tors, sailed for Europe last week 
and on the Queen Mary. He'll visit Eng- 
Bathsheba embroidered with mod- )and France ano Italv in a six " 



ern dialog. Leo Genn and Coral 
Browne top a good cast 



William Satori, Monogram's con- 
tinental European representative 
who previously headquartered in 
London, is now permanently sta- 
tioned at the company's homeoff ice. 



week search for new product. 

Among the producers Burstyn is 
slated to see is Roberto Rossellini 
in Rome. M&B are distributing 
Rossellini's "Open City" and "Pai- 
san" and have first-refusal rights 
on his new "Berlin. Yeav Zero," 
on which Burstyn will talk a deal. 



Current London Shows 

(Figures show weeks of run) 

London, Aug. 3. 
"A La Carte," Savoy (7). 
"AU My Sons," Globe (7). 
"Anna Lucasta," Majesty's (40). 
"Annie Get Gun," Col's'm (61). 
"Bless the Bride," Adelphi (61). 
"Bless the Bride," Adelphi (61). 
"Bob's Yew Uncle," Sav. (13). 
"Caee Peacock," Strand (7). 
"Caribbean Rhap," Wales (9). 
"Carissuna," Palace (21). 
"Chiltcrn Hundreds." Vaude (49). 
"Edward My Son," Lyric (62). 
"Four, Five, Six," York (21). 
"Giaconda Smile," New (9). 
"Glass Menagerie," H'market (1). 
"Happiest Days," Apollo (19). ■ 
"Jonathan," Aldwych (1). 
"Linden Tree," Duchess (51). 
"Little Lambs," Ambass. (17). 
"Musical Chairs," Playhouse (4). 
"No Trees in St." St. James (I). 
"Off Record." Piccadilly (57). 
"Oklahoma!" Drury Lane (66). 
"Paragon," Fortune (13). 
"People Like Us," Wyncl. '4). 
"Relapse," Phoenix I27>. 
"Starlight Roof," Hipp. '39>. 
"Travelers Joy," Crit. (9). 
"Together Again." Vic Pal. (69). 
"Worms View," Whitehall (66). 
"Written For Lady," Garrick (2). 



the U.S. New setup will mean less 
coin for U.S. and other visiting 
entertainers playing Mexico unless 
they insist on being paid in their 
own currency. 

Fear of strikes has increased. 
First such in pix industry was 
against Cine Avenida, San Texmel- 
ucan, where workers walked out in * 
wage dispute. 



BRITISH PROBE EXHIBS 
REVOLT VS. GOVT. FILMS 

London, July 27. 

The British government's propa- 
ganda voice — the Central Office of 
Information — has been instructed 
by the cabinet to make a special 
inquiry into the*, growing cinema 
exhibitors' revolt against the show- 
ing of government films. 

Latest revolt move comes from 
the head office of a four-cinema 
chain in Exmouth, S. Devon, 
owned by A. Sinclair Hedges, 
which has banned the screening of 
government information films. 

The films division of the Central 
Office of Information directed byj , * ™. 

r. e Tritton, makes about i2j M-li s Femme Matador PlC 

special-issue films a year. They in- 
clude National Savings appeals, 10- 
minute cartoons describing the new; 



Wainer Bros. Maps 
Latin Overhaul 



Plans for a major overhauling of 
the Warner Bros. International 
sales supervisory staff in Latin 
America was unveiled by vice- 
prexy Wolfe Cohen at the opening; 
sessions of a two-week sales meet- 
ing of south-of-the-border heads 
in New York. Under the new set- 
up, the entire territory will be di- 
vided into three divisions — Atlan- 
tic, Pacific and Caribbean — with a 
division manager in charge of each. 

Ary Lima, supervisor over Bra- 
zil, Argentina, Chile, Uruguay and 
Paraguay, will be district manager 
for the Atlantic division with head- 
quarters in Rio de Janeiro. Peter 
Colli, supervisor of the Caribbean * 
area, will manage a territory in- 
cluding Cuba, Puerto Rico, Trini- 
dad, Venuezuela, Haita, Santo Do- 
mingo, Jamaica and the British 
and Netherland West Indies, with 
headquarters in Havana. 

James V. O'Gara, formerly east- 
ern sales manager for Republic, 
will manage the Pacific division, 
including Mexico, Panama, Colom- 
bia, Ecuador, Bolivia and Peru, 
with headquarters in Mexico City. 
Cohen said the new setup is 
planned to give greater concentra- 
tion on sales problems and assist- 
ance to local managers. 



Peruvians' B.O. Nod To 



National Health Service, and "Fuel 
Flashes." A ban on these films has, 
also been applied in the Midlands 
by several independent cinemas. 



Armed Forces Radio 

In Manila Expands 

Manila, July 28. 

WVTM, Armed Forces station in 
the Clark Field area, has an- 
nounced that plans are nearing 
completion for a jump in broad- 
casting schedule to 17 hours daily. 

KZRH, Philippines' pioneer ra- 
dio station, recently celebrated its 
ninth anniversary. It is the oldest 
station in the Philippines. 



30. 



Lima, July 
The excitable Latinos are no- 
torious for their sensitivity on any 
films reflecting on Latin American 
customs or locals, but they've 
found nothing wrong with a wom- 
an bullfighter who pinch hits for 
her brother. Metro's "Fiesta," 
Technicolor starrer for Esther Wil- 
liams, this week preemed at the 
Metro theatre here and broke 
every boxoffice record for Peru. 

M-G officials here are pfenty 
pleased since this is the first Latin 
showing of the film. They were 
afraid the Latinos would hoot the 
pic off the screen since the plot 
is equivalent to an American gal, 
disguised as her brother, stepping 
up to the plate at the big college 
game and whaling out a homer for 
alma mammy. 



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every previous A&C record 
with powerhouse grosses topping 
even "The Killers," "The Egg and I" 

and "Naked City"! 

HHP OMR at Loew's Criterion, New 
York! HUP OMR in Cincinnati . . 
Syracuse . . . Buffalo ... Oklahoma City 
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Booming the box-office and HOLD' 
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FICTURKS 



Wednesday, August 4, 1948 



U. S. Distributors Charge Rank 
Maneuvering 'A' Fix Into B' Terms 



I Ski 



Skouras Suit 



Fruits of the recently enacted 4 
45% quota law in Britain are al- 
ready forming on the vine in the 
shape of a breakdown in booking 
relations of Yank distribs with J. 
Arthur Rank. The British film 
magnate, American foreign chiefs 
are freely charging, is using the 
new quota act in an attempt to 
bludgeon major U. S. distribs into 
selling their product at lower rent- 
als to the Rank-controlled Odeon 
and British-Gaumont circuits. 

Rank, it is claimed, is seeking lo 
force rentals down by attempting 
to book normally top-bracketed 
American product into filler posi- 
tions in dual bill houses, U. S. 
majors are balking at the claimed 
maneuver. Hence, while ordinarily 
the majors would have sold their 
product in Britain for the next six 
months, bookings on new Yank 
films are far behind that schedule. 

UT S. foreign chiefs are assault- 
ing the Rank plan as a way of rid- 
ing on the coattails of strong 
American product without paying a 
fair price. The Britisher, it is said, 
has slotted low-budget home prod- 
. uet to head dualers with the 
stronger U. S.' pix bracketed for 
second spot. 

Capitulation by the Yanks would 
mean a further nicking of revenue 
from Britain. American toppers 
point out that the pic designated 
to head a double bill ordinarily 
grabs 35%-40% of the gross. The 
filler customarily is given 15%- 
18% at best. 

Since the 45% quota applies 
• only to the top film dualers, 
Bank has offered the second spot 
as the best he can do under the 
Jaw's provisions. American execs 
believe the designation would only 
be a theoretical one and that the 
stronger U. S. product would lure 
the British public to the boxoffice 
regardless of which pic nominally 
heads the bill. In that way, it is 
thought, Rank can turn out quick- 
ies, encouraged by the quota law, 
without suffering reverses at the 
till. 

Whether American distribs can 
hold out indefinitely against Rank's 
blandishments is problematical 
While the quota doesn't go into 
effect until Oct. 1, bookings have 
already slowed down and some 
V. S. companies which have yet to 
feel any substantial decline in 
British revenues are now being hit 
for the first time. 



BEIEVE THEATRE MGR. 
SLAIN FOR $120 HAUL 

Chicago, Aug. 3. 

Harry Martin, Chi theatre man- 
ager, was believed slain for $120 
last week, $80 of which was vend- 
ing machine money. Martin, 27, 
was found in two feet of water in 
a clay pool after being missing for 
several days. He was manager of 
the Atom theatre, owned by Saul 
Lockwood, and operated by the 
Gallos Circuit. 

During the day he was attending 
the University of Chicago. 



Producers Prep 
To Get Aid From 
Brit. Films Bank 



North Central Allied 
, Crowing About Indies' 
Victory Over ASCAP 

Minneapolis, Aug 3. 

"ASCAP: The Beginning of the 
End of a Racket" is the heading 
used by North Central Allied in a 
review in its current bulletin of the 
Judge V. L. Leibell federal court 
decision in the New York ASCAP 
theatre fee case. 

While conceding there will be 
an appeal and that it may be 
many months "before the U. S. 
Supreme Court finally decides that 
ASCAP is an illegal combination 
and without legal power to enforce 
its demands against theatre own- 
ers," the bulletin "strongly urges, 

fdvises and recommends" that no 
linnesota independent exhibitor 
sign ay more ASCAP contracts or 
pay it any money. 

The advice applies to those ex- 
hibitors who presently have ASCAP 
contracts, the bulletin says. _ "Do 
not pay any further' fees," it .ad- 
vises. The prediction is made that 
while "ASCAP is down, it will not 

fo out without a lot of bluster and 
ght," but exhibitors shouldn't be 
influenced by this, is declares. 

"This is a signal victory and 
these are great days for the inde- 
pendent exhibitor," the bulletin 
asserts. "One by one ancient en- 
emies find their unlawful conduct 
is catching up with them." 

It s pointed out that the New 
York fereral court upholds the 
contention of Bennie Berger, North 
Central Allied president, in the 
ASCAP suit against him for non- 
payment of fees. The federal court 
has that case under advisement. 



London, Aug. 3 
Seeing their hopes of getting a 
picking of the government's $20,- 
000,000 Films Bank rapidly reced 
ing into the background,- indie pro- 
ducers are busy organizing them- 
selves in preparation for a cam- 
paign when the project comes be 
fore Parliament in the autumn. 

Two separate groups have met 
during the past week discussing 
the pros and cons of the scheme. 
One group, Assn. of British Inde 
pendent Film Producers, had a 
five-hour huddle on the subject, 
and eventually came to the con 
elusion that until more details 
were available any comment from 
them "would possibly serve only to 
aggravate the situation." 

Second group was brought to- 
gether Thursday (29) by David 
Morgan, onetime exhib and now 
a director of a small production 
outfit and also head of a firm of ac 
countants. His idea is that the pro- 
ducers — all indies — should woo the 
indie exhib, and at a later stage 
also indie distribs, and eventually 
set up an Independent Film Alii 
ance. 

Morgan suggests that through 
such an alliance, producers will 
have a sure outlet for their prod 
uct, exhibs will be able to get 
firstrun showings without resort to 
the combines and will have a flow 
of product to meet quota, and dis- 
tribs will handle the output on 
terms favorable to producer and 
exhib, as well as to themselves. 

Interesting comment on the 
Films Bank comes from Maurice 
Ostrer, leading indie producer, in 
letters to the press, in which he 
declares that loans aren't the 
answer for the present crisis in 
British films. What is necessary 
he contends, is a reciprocal trading 
arrangement with the states, point- 
ing out that the Quota Act doesn't 
provide for obtaining a portion of 
the cost of a British film from the 
American market. 

Ostrer considers that it's a rea 
sonable probability that U. S. film 
companies would at this stage be 
willing to make an annual payment 
of a portion of their aggregate in 
comes from the United Kingdom 
in exchange for the distributing 
rights of British films. 



(See other ASCAP stories 
Page 1 and in Music). 



1 



j^-grrm Continued from pact 3 

profits until 1954 was waiving little 
or nothing since the theatre cir-. 
cult's net had dropped. 

More Disclosures 
Another important disclosure in 
the course of argument was that 
20th's board on June 24 passed a 
resolution which requires the com- 
pany's general sales manager, at 
least once a season, to prepare and 
submit a report of distribution 
deals made with the Skouras, Rand- 
force, United Artists and Metro- 
politan Playhouse circuits. The 
resolution, which specifically states 
that no preferential treatment of 
these chains had been made, is an 
answer to one clause of stockholder 
complaints so claiming. 

Subject of the hearing was a 
settlement made several months 
ago with the company which pro- 
vides for cancellation of most ex- 
tra compensation due the NTers 
for 1946 and 1947, totalling $1,750,- 
000, plus fixing of a $360,000 ceil- 
ing on future Skouras' profit-shar- 
ing earnings. Complaints, among 
other things, had attacked a deal 
made in 1944 whereby the four 
NTers received convertible stock 
of the circuit and turned it into 
a $6,800,000 profit in 1946. 
'Overpaid' 
Claiming that Skouras had been 
overpaid over many years, Louis 
Fieland, one of the attorneys 
opposing settlement, said that the 
biggie received an average of 
$255,000 yearly for the five years 
ending Dec. 31, 1941. Thereafter, 
he said, Skouras was paid $292,- 
000 in '42; $377,000 in '43; $427,- 
000 in '44; $436,000 in '45; and 
$1,314,250 for '46-'47 combined. 

It was Fieland's and other at- 
torneys' argument that Skouras 
was not surrendering anything of 
value because his contract under 
which he receives a percentage of 
profits scaled to 6V£% is invalid. 
This pact, it was claimed, was 
wrongfully substituted in 1944 for 
another which fixed a $285,000- 
ceiling on extra earnings. The 
earlier contract would have run 
to 1954. 

Fairness of the settlement was 
strongly supported by Milton C. 
Pollack, attorney of record for the 
suing stockholders; by Otto E. 
Koegel, attorney for 20th; former 
Secretary of War Robert P. Patter- 
son, repping the four NTers; and 
Rosenman. Company has withheld 
payment of $1,800,000 in profit 
cuts to the four, it was said, cover- 
ing 1946-47 pending determination 
of the suits. 

If the court wanted to know 
whether the settlement was "il- 
lusory," Rosenman declared, it 
should hear "the howls and shrieks 
raised by Skouras and his aides" 
when this was done. All four have 
repeatedly demanded payment of 
these sums, he said. 



Inside Stuff-Pictures 

Paul N. Lazarus, Jr., exec -tssistant to United Artists prexy Grad 
Sears, is becoming something o. radio regular. He was heard on two 
shows last week and has been i' iking numerous radio and video ap- 




was on John McCaffrey's "Room 416," NBC morning sliow. Lazarus 
discussed film censorship with McCaffrey in free-swinging style. He 
defended the necessity of the industry's own Production Code Admin- 
istration, but named the Legion of Decency and local censors, such as 
Lloyd Binford, in Memphis, as deterring Hollywood from making the 
best possible product. 

A few weeks before, Lazarus was on the "Author Meets Critic" video 
show. "Time of Your Life" was also the subject at that time, with a 
six and one-half-minute sequence of it shown on the air. 



Separation of N. Peter Rathvon from his job at RKO was' the result 
of a number of circumstances, the climax of which was a clash with 
Howard Hughes over Robert Ryan. Enterprise wanted to borrow 
Ryan for the heavy role in "The Best Things in Life Are Free," but 
Rathvon nixed the loanoul after reading the script. Charlie Einfeld 
invited Ryan to a huddle at Enterprise and together they conferred 
with Hughes over the phone. Hughes said he liked the script and 
okayed the loanmit deal. When Rathvon heard about the countermand- 
ing of his veto he had a hot argument with Hughes. It ended in his 
resignation. 

Amazing strides made by the candy and popcorn business as an im- 
portant source of theatre income is evidenced by figures on the RKO 
circuit. Company's approximately 100 houses 10 years ago were re- 
ceiving a total of about $150,000 from the sweets concessions. Current 
"year's income is expected to be close to $750,000. That represents one- 
half the take, RKO splitting profits equally with the company that 
owns and services the candy machines and counters". 



Eagle Lion, which is U. S. distrib to J. Arthur Rank's proposed Tech- 
nicolor features of the 1948 Olympic Games, is ballying its forthcoming 
pic by wide distribution of the official souvenir book of the interna- 
tional sports event. Elaborate brochure includes articles on the history 
of the games, past Olympic heroes and the Olympiads leading up to the 
present one now under way in Britain. 



4th Miami Drive-In OK'd 
Despite Track's Squawk 

Miami, Aug. 3. 

Despite objections on the part of 
Tropical Park execs and legal de- 
partment, the Dade County Com- 
mission this week okayed plans for 
a drive-in to be constructed directly 
opposite the famed racetrack. 

Objections had been filed with 
the commission on the grounds that 
the screen towers could provide a 
vantage point in the daytime for 
bookies and gamblers to flash race 
results around the country before 
the wire services could get them 
off. Tropical Park owners had re- 
vealed recently, that plans for a 
drive-in on the track's grounds 
were in the making. 

W. L. McComas of Miami Beach 
will build the outdoor spot, mak- 
ing the fourth new one announced 
in recent weeks. 



U.S. Taxes Siow 
May B.O. Above '47 

Washington, Aug. 3. 

Theatre business in the Broad- 
way district and throughout the 
country in May was well above 
levels of a' year ago, according to 
figures released by' the Bureau of 
Internal Revenue. 

General admission tax collec 
tions in June — reflecting May box- 
office receipts — were close to 
$4,000,000 above last June for the 
nation as a whole. In the 3rd New 
York district alone, collections 
were close to $1,500,000 above 
June, 1947. 

Nitery business shared in the up- 
turn, with nationwide roof garden 
and cabaret taxes, almost topping 
1947 levels for the first time this 
year, and actually going over the 
1947 level in the Broadway dis- 
trict. 

June, 1948, general admission 
tax collections amounted to $31,- 
639,479, compared with $27,829,982 
last June. Roof garden and cabaret 
tax collections in June amounted 
to $4,444,702, against $4,479,193 
last year. 

For the third N. Y. district gen- 
eral admission collections were $5,- 
340,483 this June, against $3,956,- 
629 last June. Nitery taxes amount- 
ed to $524,140, against $516,483. 

All admission tax collections, in- 
cluding general admissions, cabaret 
taxes, brokers' sales, and various 
overcharges, piled up to $36,262,- 
679 in June, compared with $32,- 
417,990 last year. 



David O. Selznick's withdrawal of Valli and Robert Mitchum from 
the cast of "If This Be My Harvest" will cost him around $1,000,000. 
Bill Bacher, producer of "Harvest," had agreed to pay $400,000 for the 
use of the three players, plus 25% for distribution of the film through 
Selznick Releasing Organization, plus a percentage of the profits. 



BRITISH PROD. TEAM TO 
COAST FOR DOS CONFAB 

British director Carol Reed and 
Graham Greene, author of "The 
Third Man," arrive in New York 
today (Wed.) on the Queen Eliza- 
beth and head for the Coast to- 
morrow for story and production- 
conferences with David O. Selz- 
nick. Selznick and Sir Alexander 
Korda are partnering a deal to pro- 
duce "The Third Man" in England. 

Joseph Cotten has already been 
inked for the pic while Valli may 
be tapped for the femme lead. 
Reed and Greene. will remain in 
the U. S. for about a week and 
will start production on the film 
shortly after. 



Rank May Ease 
His % Demands 

London, Aug. 3. 
Allegations by indie exhibitors 
that J. Arthur Rank is charging ex- 
orbitant rentals for his product 
and indulging in unfair trading 
practices may bear fruit for them. 
Rank has announced that he will 
address the sales convention of his 
distribution organization, General 
Film Distributors, when it meets 
Aug. 20. 

It is expected that the film top- 
per may make some conciliatory 
move toward the indies at that 
time by instructing his sales force 
to ease up somewhat on demands. 
The whole move is an outgrowth 
of Rank's appearance at a meeting 
of the Cinematograph Exhibitors 
Assn. last month, when he prom- 
ised to investigate the complaints 
of the indies. 



'Musketeers' Follows 
'Parade' Into State, N.Y. 

In light of the strong grosses 
chalked up by "Easter Parade," 
which begins its sixth week at the 
State today (Wed.), Metro is def- 
initely convinced that the house 
can be operated most profitably as 
a deluxe first run showcase with 
suitable product. "Parade" is the 
first picture in the history of the 
State to go four weeks and has 
averaged close to $60,000 weekly 
since it opened. 

Metro's Technicolored "Three 
Musketeers" follows "Parade." 
First print on the Gene Kelly-Lana 
Turner starrer, however, isn't hie 
in from the Coast until Sept. 12. 
If "Parade" fails to hold out that 
long, the company will be forced 
to substitute another picture. 



2 N. Y. CoOarite 
Unions Cautious 
On New Pix Pacts 

Two CIO white collarite unions 
in New York, the Screen Publicists 
Guild and Screen Office & Profes- 
sional Employees Guild, have sent 
out initial feelers on the stance of 
film companies towards negotiating 
a .new contract. *In an uncertain 
atmosphere caused by both unions' .'. 
refusal to comply with the Taft- 
Hartley law, SPG and SOPEG have 
requested talks with the majors 
for the new pacts to replace thosi 
expiring at the end of September. 

Except for United Artists, the 
companies thus far have kept mum 
on their attitudes. UA, whose con- 
tract expired at the end of April, 
however, already has thrown the 
gauntlet to SOPEG by turning it* 
back on writing a new contract 
with any union "failing to obey 
the laws of the U. S. government," 
as UA put it. 

■ The jackpot question concerning 
homeoffice labor peace is whether 
the rest of the film companies will 
go along with UA's position. At 
UA, the situation has been com- 
plicated by the intervention of 
Local H-63, International Alliance 
of Theatrical Stage Employees, 
which claims a majority of that 
company's employees. If Local 
H-63 can show support in the other 
companies, there is likelihood of a 
general showdown between the in- 
dustry and the CIO locals. 

SOPEG and SPG, repping about 
2,500 workers, are proceeding, 
meanwhile, with the formulatio* of 
their contract demands. SPG has 
already submitted to its member- 
ship the following proposals: a two- 
and-a half hour reduction in the 
work week to 35 hours, three week 
vacations after three years' service, 
and a two-year pact with wage re* 
opening provisions after every 
eight months. Wage demands have 
been kept open pending additional 
discussion With the membership. 
It's expected SOPEG demands will 
be similar. 

Under the old contract's wage re- 
opening clause, SPG wrapped up 
arbitration awards Monday (2) 
granting pay hikes to publicists at 
Universal and Metro. Raises range 
from $5.50 for apprentices to $2 n ..^ 
for senior publicists, retroactive to 
Sept. 27, 1947. SPG previously 
won 1 similar awards at seven other 



TKat FUMY' A#air 
is a MOtfEV Affair in 

Haw York 



Artist Al Hirscftfeld sketches 
that hilarious moment Louella 
Parsons went all out for in her 
Cosmopolitan Citation naming 
this The Best Picture of the 
Month. She says: "Jean Arthur's 
a riot in the filing room scene 
where Lund is after her with 
the worst intentions." 




Like the hold in this clinch, 
5 weeks were a cinch at the 
Paramount where it proved its 
extraordinary holding power 
as the 2nd week accelerated 
pace of 1st; the 7th day of the 
4th week topped the 3rd and 
the 1st 5 days of the 5th week 
topped the 4th ... 



m * 




JEAN ARTHUR 

tmmi oiemicH 

JOHN LVNQ 




Produced by 

MILLARD "MITCHELL • CHARLES BRACKETT 

Directed by BILLY WILDER 

Screenplay by Charles Brackett, Billy Wilder and Richard 1 Bref-r 
Adaptation by Robert Harari • Original Story by David S*o* 



1ft 



PICTURES 



P^RIETY 



Wednesday, Augrat 4, 1948 



Picture Grosses 



'Merry Way' Brightens 
Clev€., $21,000; 'Melody^ 



Oke 18G, 'Waters' 13G ?7 S 



DENVER 

(Continued from page 9) 
peror Waltz" (Par) (5th wk), and 
Big Town Scandal" (Par), okay 



Cleveland, Aug. 3. 

Multi-starred "On Our Merry 
Way" is breaking through the dol- 
drums here by giving the Hipp a 
rather smart summer gross. Pal- 
ace's, afternoon trade was boosted 
by "Melody Time" but night biz 
dropped. Second lap of "Easter 
Parade" Js holding up admirably 
at State. . ■ . 

Estimates for This Week 

Allen (HKO) (3,000; 55-70V— 
"Deep Waters" (20th). Good $13,- 
000. Las; week, "Feudin,' Fussin 
<U>. fine $13,500. 

KHw (Warners) (3,700; 55-70)— 
"On Merry Way" <UA>. Bright 
$21,000. Last week, "Street With 
No Name" (20th), swell $26,500. 

lake .Warners) (800; 55-70)— 
"Street No Name" (20th) (m.o.). 
Heating- up $4,000. Last week, 
"Best Years" (RKO) (m.o.), $5,500 
in 11 days. , 

Lower Mall (Community) (570; 
55.7O)— "It Happened One Night" 
(Col) and "One Night of Love" 
(Col) (reissues). Worthwhile $5,000. 
Last week, "Anna Karenina" (20th) 
(2d w!0 oke $4,000. 

Ohio (Loew's) (1.200; 55-70)— 
"Search * (M-G). Nicely exploited 
for $8,000. Last week, "Drums" 
(UA) and "Four Feathers" (UA) 
(reissuesi, lively $9,000. 

Palace (RKO) (3,300; 55-70)— 
"Melody Time" (RKO). Middling 
$18,000. Last week, "Big Punch" 
<RKO) plus Bob CroSby orch on 
stage .it advanced prices, very 
pleasing at $28,500. 

State ILoew's) 13,450; 55-70)— 
"Easter Parade" (M-G) (2d wk). 
Nice $13,500 after copping $27,- 
000 last week. 

Stillman (Loew's) (2,700; 55-70) 
— "Crusades" (Par) (reissue). Not 
too spectacular at $9,000. Last 
week, "Emperor Waltz" (Par) 
(m.o.), satisfactory $8,000 on third 
downtown session. 

'FULIER' CLEANS UP 
HUGE $21,000, L'VILLE 



Louisville, Aug. 3. 

"Fuller Brush Man" is making a 
tremendous sales pitch this week 
at Loew's State, with the ropes up 
from opening. Fact that this is 
doing such sock biz is helping 
other spots. "Fort Apache" at Ri- 
alto and "Key Largo" at Mary An- 
derson also ' are solid. " Weather is 
mild after recent showers. 
Estimates for This Week 

Brown (Fourth Avenue) (1.200; 
45-65)— "Street No Name" (20th) 
and "Sweet Genevieve" (20th) 
(m.o.). Moderate $4,500. Last week, 
"Miracle of Bells" (RKO) (m.o.), 
$4,000. 

Kentucky (Switow) (1,200; 30-40) 
— "Unconquered" (Par) and. "Who 
Killed 'Doc' Robbin" (UA). Sturdy 
$3,200. Last week, "Silver River" 
UVBI and "Tarzaa Mermaids" 
(RKO), fairish $3,000. 

Mary Anderson (People's) (1,100; 
45-65)— "Key Largo" (WB). Nice 
reviews helping to sockeroo $9,000. 
Last week, "Big Punch" (WB) 
$7,000. 

National (Standard) (2,400; 45- 
65)— "Black Bart" (U) and "Dear 
Murderer" (U). Medium $5,000 in 
Sight. Last week, "Foreign Corre- 
spondent" (Indie) and "Trade 
Winds" (Indie) (reissues), $4,000. 

Rialto (FA) (3,400; 45-65)— "Fort 
Apache" (RKO) and "Lightnin' in 
Forest" <Rep).» Loud $15,000. Last 
week, "Street No Name" (20th) and 
"Sweet Genevieve" (20th), $12,000. 

State (Loew's) (3,000; 45-65)— 
"Fuller Brush Man" (.Col) and 
"Thunderhoof" (Col). Red Skelton 
comedy a wham hit and may shat- 
ter some house records. Sockeroo 
$21,000 looms. Last week, "Easter 
Parade" (M-G) (2d wk), satisfactory 
$16,000. 

Strand (FA) (1,000; 45-65)— 
"Berlin Express" (RKO) and "Main 
Street Kid" (Rep). Modest $5,000. 
Last week, "Furnace Creek" (20th) 
and "Devil's Cargo" (FC) (2d wk), 
about same. 



Denver (Fox) (2,525; 35-74) 
"Street No Name" (20th) and | 
"Shanghai Chest" (Mono), day- 
date with Esquire. Modest $13,000. 
Last week, "Key Largo" (WB) and 
"Stage Struck" (Mono), fine $17,- 
000. 

Esquire (Fox) (742; 35-74) — ' 
"Street No Name (20th) and I 
"Shanghai Chest" (Mono), also 
Denver. Okay $2,500 or over. Last 
week, "Key Largo" (WB) and 
"Stage Struck" (Mono), good $3,- 1 
000. , J 

Orpheum (RKO) (2,600; 35-74)—! 
"Easter Parade" (M-G) and "Dear 
Murderer" (U). Smash $23,000 or 
over. Holds over. Last week, ■ 
"Homecoming" (M-G) (2d wk), 
fair $10,500. 

Paramount (Fox) (2,200; 35-74)— 
"Four Faces West" (UA) and 
"Kings Olympics" (UA), also Web- 
ber, Fair $10,000. Last week, "Cen- 
tral Park" (U) and "Counterfeiters" 
(20th), thin $9,000. 

Rialo (Fox) (878; 35-74)— "Old 
Los Angeles" (Rep) and "I, Jane 
Doe" (Rep). Moderate $4,000 or 
near. Last week, house closed for 
remodeling. 

Webber (Fox) (750; 35-74)— 
"Four Faces West" (UA) and 
"Kings* Olympics" (UA), also Para- 
mount. Thin $2,000. Last week, 
"Key Largo" (WB) and "Stage 
Struck" (Mono), good $3,000. 

'House' Sofid 19G, 
Prov.; W 166 

Providence^ Aug. 3. 
Housing shortage with most 
people thinking of a future is help- 
Albee-'s "Mr. Standings Builds 
Dream House" to a nice figure. 
Loew's "Time of Your Life" is 
fairly good. All spots hurt by dire 
weather prediction of a storm. 
Estimates for This Week 
Albee (RKO) (2,200; 44-65)— 
"Mr. Blandings Dream House" 
(SRO) and "Argyle Secrets" (FC). 
Solid $19,000 or near. Last week, 
"Melody Time" (RKO) and "Mys- 
tery in Mexico" (RKO), swell $16,- 
000. 

Carlton (Fay) (1.400; 44-65)— 
"Woman in White" (WB) and "Big 
Punch" (WB). Fairish $4,000. Last 
week, "Romance High Seas" (WB) 
and "For You I Die" (WB) (2d 
run), oke $4,000. 

Fay's (Fay) (1,400; 44-65)— "Fur- 
nace Cijeek" (20th) and "Shanghai 
Chest" (Rep). Average $5,000. Last 
week, "Man-Eeater of Kumaon" 
(U) and "Stage Struck" (Rep), fair 
$5,000. 

Majestic (Fay) (2,200: 44-65)— 
"Street No Name" (20th) .and 
"Checkered Coat" (20th) (2d wk>. 
Surprising high $13,000. First week 
was snappy $17,000. 

State (Loew) (3.200; 44-65)— 
"Time of Life" (UA) and "Rusty" 
(Col). Fairly good $16,000. Last 
week, "Easter Parade" (M-G) (2d 
wk), good $15,500. 

Strand (Silverman) (2,200; 44-65) 
— "So Evil My Love" (Par) and 
"Shaggy" (Par). Opened Mondav 
(2). Last week, "Coroner Creek" 
(Col) and "Port Said" (Col), okay 
$12,000. 



'Island' Terrif $13,000, 
Port.; 'Street' $12,500 

Portland, Ore., Aug. 3. 

Several new pictures are in town 
this week, but hot weather and 
outdoor activities is keeping biz 
down. "On Island With You" at 
United Artists and "Street With 
No Name" at Oriental and Para- 
mount are top money getters. 
"Emperor Waltz" and "Romance 
On High Seas" are ace holdovers. 
Estimates for This Week 

Broadway (Parker) (1,832; 50-85) 
—"Another Part Forest" (U) and 
"Are You With It" (U). Disappoint- 
ing $6,000. Last week, "Central 
Park" (U) and "Bush Christmas" 
(U). $8,600. 

Guild (Parker) (427; 50-85)— 
"Central Park" (U) and "Bush 
Christmas" (U) (m.o.) Fair $2,000 
in 11 days. Last week, "Four Faces 
West" (UA) and "Here Comes 
Trouble" (UA) (m.o.), mild $1,000. 

Mayfair (Parker) (1,500; 50-85) 
— "Sainted Sisters" (Par) and 
"Blonde Ice" (FC). Okay $5,500. 
Last week. "Raw Deal" (EL) and 
"Open Secret" (EL), $4,600. 

Music Box (H-E) (1,000; 50-85) 
— "Romance High Seas" (WB) and 
"Argyle Secrets" (FC), (m.o.) Good 
$2,500. Last week, "Fort Apache" 
(RKO) and "Let's Live Again" 
(20th) (2.1 wk) ( m.o.), solid $2,900. 

Oriental (H-E) (2,000; 50-85)— 
"Street Without Name" (20th) and 
"Meet Me At Dawn" (20th), day- 
date with Paramount. Excellent 
$4,000. Last week, "High Seas" 
(WB) and "Argyle Secrets" (FC), 
$4,200. 

Orpheum (H-E) (1,750; 50-85)— 
"Deep Waters" (20th) and "Count- 
erfeiters" (20th). Fine $6,500. Last 
week, 'High Seas" (WB) and 
"Argyle Secrets" (Indie), big 
$7,800. 

Paramount (H-E) (3,400; 50-85) 
— "Street No Name" (20th) and 
"Meet Me Dawn" (20th), also 
Oriental. Big $8,500. Last week, 
"Emperor Waltz" (Par) and "Big 
Town Scandal"" (Par) 3d wk), 
smash $7,500. 

Playhouse (H-E) (1,200; 50-85)— 
"Emperor Waltz" (Par) and "Big 
Town Scandal" (Par) (m.o.). Big 
$3,500 or near. Last week, "Berlin 
Express" (RKO) and "Devil's 
Cargo" (Indie) (m.o.), fine $2,300. 

United Artists (Parker) (895; 50- 
85)— "Island With You" (M-G) 
torrid $13,000. Last week. "The 
Pirate'' (M-G) (3 days) (3d wk). 
fine $2,200. 



BILL JAFFE PUSHING 
FILM ON GEORGE POLK 

Plans for a feature film built 
around the life story of George 
Polk, Columbia Broadcasting Sys- 
tem correspondent who was mur- 
dered in Greece recently, are be- 
ing pushed by attorney William" B. 
Jaffe, who arrived on the Coast 
from New York over the weekend 
to huddle on the project. Jaffe, 
member of the firm of Weisman, 
Grant & Jaffe, represents Polk's 
widow. He took on the task of 
selling the idea in Hollywood most- 
ly as a labor of love at the behest 
of Burnet Hershey, head" of the 
Overseas Press Club, of which 
Polk was a member. 

Reports, that the State Dept. had 
frowned on the idea of a picture 
about Polk were denied by Jaffei.". 
He said the Department had never 
indicated the slightest concern one 
way or the other. It was reported 
that Jackson Leighter, who had 
taken an option on the Polk story, 
had dropped it because of State's 
objection. Jaffe declared that was 
not the reason. 



Arbitration 

Continued from page j 



1 



Rank Newsreel 

; Continued from page 1 i 



'Arrow' Not Swift At 
$14,000 in Slow Cincy 

Cincinnati, Aug. 3. 
Pix trade is lolling in summer 
stride this sesh after a fatso fort- 
night. "Easter Parade" is tynping 
the town in its second week follow- 
ing a sock preem. "Black Arrow" 
is liveliest of two newcomers with 
"Dream Girl" equally as routine. 
"Abbott and Costello Meet Frank- 
enstein" still is sizzling in third 
round. Too many holdovers are 



hurting overall total. 

Estimates for This Week 
Albee (RKO) (3,100; 50-75)— 
"Black Arrow" (Col). Good $14,- 
000. Last week, "Melody Time" 
(RKO), fine $16,000. 

Capitol (RKO) (2.000; 50-75) — 
"Easter Parade" (M-G) (2d wk). 
Holding town's lead for second 
round at fancy $15,000 after wow 
$24,000 takeoff. Stays third. 

Grand (RKO) (1,400; 50-75)— 
"Tarzan's N. Y. Adventure" (M-G) 
and "Tarzan's Secret Treasure" 
(M-G) (reissues) plus "Superman" 
(Col) serial. Fancy $10,000. Last 
week, "Feudin', Fussin'" (U) and 
"Superman,"okay $8,500. 

Keith's (City In v.) (1,542; 50-75) 
— Abbott - Costello Meet Frank- 
enstein" (U) (3d wk). Maintaining 
click pace at wow $8,500 in wake 
of hefty $12,500 second sesh. 
Lyric (RKO) (1,400; 50-75) — 
Feudin', Fussin' " (U) (m.o.). Av- 
erage $5,000. Last week, "Street 
No Name" (20th) (m.o.), okw«.$7,000 
in 9 days. 

Palace (RKO) (2,600; 50-75)— 
Dream Girl" (Par). Okay $12,000. 
Last week, "So Evil My Love" 
(Par), ditto. 

Shubert (RKO) (2,100; 50-75)— 
Melody Time" (RKO) (m.o.). 
Pleasing $6,000. Last week, "High 
Seas" (WB) (m.o.), $5,500, 



'AM' Frank'stein' Loud 
$17,000,K.C.; < Years'Same 

Kansas City, Aug. 3. 
Biz shapes fairly good as- weather 
settled down to one of better Sum- 
mer weekends. "Abbott and Cos- 
tello Meet Frankenstein" in the 
Tower-Uptown-Fairway trio is run- 
ning neck and neck with "Best 
Years" which returns at pop scale 
in the Midland. Both are in for five 
weeks. "Years" is first RKO re- 
lease ever to play the Midland. 
"Melody Time" in second week at 
Orpheum still is nifty. 

Estimates for This Week 
Esquire (Fox Midwest) (820; 45- 
65) — "Man-Eater Kumaon" (U) and 
"Jungly Terror" (U) (reissue). Aver- 
age $4,000. Last week, "Broadway" 
(FC) and "Flame New Orleans" 
(FC) (reissues), $3,500. 

Midland (Loew's) (3,570; 45-65)— 
"Best Years" (RKO). First time 
' here at regular prices, also first 
RKO release in house. Nice $17 - 
000. Last week, "Easter Parade" 
(M-G) (2d wk), dandy $15,000. 

Orpheum (RKO) (1,900; 45-65)— 
"Melody Time" (RKO) and "Mys- 
tery Mexico" i RKO* (2d wk) with 
"Superman" serial at matinees. Up 
to expectations with trim $11,000. 
Last week, bright $16,000, crack 
coin for house. 

Paramount (Par) (1,900; 45-65) 

"Dream Girl" (Par). Moderate $13,- 
000 or under. Last week, "Romance 
High Seas" (WB) about same. 

Roxy (Durwood) (900; 45-65) — 
"Intermezzo" (FC) and "Rebecca" 
(FC) (reissues). In usual groove at 
$4,000. Last week, "Mr. Reckless" 
(Par) and "Waterfront at Midnight'' 
(Par), ditto. 

Tower.- Uptown - Fairway (Fox 
Midwest) (2,100, 2,043, 700; 45-65) 
— "Abbott-Costello Meet Franken- 
stein" (U). Fine $17,000 or over. 
Last week, "Deep Waters" (20th), 
only $14,000 in 8 days. 



useable from a mass delivery of 
8,000 feet. 

Issues hitting New York theatres 
today (Wed.) will include those few 
hundred feet on the Olympiad. 
As for most of the balance, fum- 
ing company execs claimed that 
blurred photography and unin- 
telligible sound marked it as good 
only for the junk heap. 

Feelings have been considerably 
strained over the Olympic issue 
for many months and receipt of 
allegedly bad negatives touched off 
the ill will. Rank had obtained ex- 
clusive film rights to the interna- 
tional matches by advancing 40,000 
pounds ($160,000) to the British 
Olympics committee. He thereupon 
barred Yank cameramen and forced 
acceptance of pooling arrangements 
which included payment of $8,000 
apiece by each American company 
and another $8,000 by each British 
subsid of these reels. 

Buttressing their contention that 
the first batch was n.s.g., newsreel 
editors said that the most impor- 
tant event covered was the opening 
speech by King George VI and the 
swearing of the oath by con- 
testants. Because- of poor timing, 
it's claimed, this footage is useless, 
since the voices are indistinct 
and unintelligible. Photography on 
sport events, it is further said, was 
poorly focused, resulting in blurred 
and wavering shots. 

Under the deal with Rank, the 
American quintet will be served 
with a total of 40,000-50,000 feet in 
five shipments of 8,000-10,000 feet 
each. Yanks are restricted to a 
maximum use of 1,000 feet for any 
one issue and only five .issues may 
be released. 

United World Films, subsid Of 
Universal, is handling the tele- 
vision rights. UWF has sold tele- 
casting privelege on the Olympics 
to Life magazine and NBC. (See 
story on page 25.) First telecast 
is slated for tonight (Wed.). U has 
a distribution tieup with Rank. 
Eagle Lion, another company with 
a Rank tie, will release a feature- 
length, Technicolor pic devoted to 
the event. 

Peculiarly enough, Fox, Movieto- 
news which services a video net- 
work, won't be able to use its is- 
sues for that purpose under the 
terms of the contract. Pact forbids 
16m or tele use by the reels. 
Movietonews is seeking to skirt 
that restriction by including shots 
of the American trials in the U:S. 
in both its regular theatre reel and 
tele issue. 



istent that the AAA take no steps 
on its own to determine disputes. 

Braden was informed that the 
Government construes the consent 
decree as no longer having any 
force or effect. Taking that stand, 
it contends that the film arbitration 
system has been deprived ' of its 
power to enforce its own rulings 
under the provisions for punish- 
ment of disobedience provided in 
the consent decree. 

Attorneys for the majors have 
not yet decided whether to accept 
the Government ukase to disband 
the arbitration system or to take 
the question to the court for an- 
other full-blown legajl hassle. On 
the point, there is a division of 
opinion whether the Government 
interpretation that the rulings 
spell the demise of arbitration is 
correct. The possibility that the 
AAA may challenge the Govern- 
ment's ukase is also strong. 

Arbitration can still be had on a 
purely voluntary and individual 
basis. But if the Government de- 
mand is sustained, no system as 
such in the industry can be main- 
tained without further word from 
the courts. 

Harsh attitude by the D of J is 
generally regarded as a tactical 
move in the court battle now shap- 
ing for the fall. The Anti-Trust 
Division has been hipped on arbi- 
tration ever since statutory court 
hearings. Undoubtedly, it feels 
that arbitration, regarded favor- 
ably by both the statutory and 
Supreme Courts, represents the 
greatest threat to winning a strong 
divestiture provision. 

Company attorneys believe the 
Government wants no record of 
successful arbitration to be pre- 
sented to the court as a possible 
out for the defendants. 



Allied Distrib 



Continued from page 5 



Pitt's Ex-'Escapade' 

Pittsburgh, Aug. 3. 

Chamber of Commerce was bit- 
terly disappointed recently when 
RKO decided to change the title 
of "Pittsburgh Escapade" to "Bal- 
timore Escapade." Shift was made 
because script called for a beach 
scene and Pittsburgh has no 
beaches. • Now the Chamber is 
really upset. 

In film's final form, beach scene 
has been eliminated but label 
nevertheless remains "Baltimore 
Escapade." 



D. C. Legit 

Continued from pase 1 



probably concentrate on surefire 
reissues which would ordinarily 
turn in a fair profit. 

Whether the distribution venture 
will signal another intra-industry 
fracas between the exhib group 
and distribs poses a question. Ma- 
jors may consider the action a 
challenge in their particular field 
and a move towards integration by 
exhibs. Allied, of course, has been 
the chief enemy of integration by 
the majors and has frequently 
threatened entry into production- 
distribution to drive down rentals. 

Recent dip in theatre business 
and the clipping taken by related 
businesses is behind Allied s mull- 
ing of the scheme. Heretofore. Al- 
lied locals have been able to raise 
sufficient sums to carry their or- 
ganizations through annual conven- 
tions, equipment exhibits and year- 
ly journals. The take, however, on 
these revenues has now fallen to 
the point where the groups must 
look elsewhere for added cash. 

Step somewhat parallel to the 
distribution plan was taken last 
month by North Central Allied. 
NCA's board reached a deal with 
Screen Guild whereby a percentage 
of all revenues garnered by the 
distrib from NCA members will be 
paid to the unit without additional 
costs to exhibs. 

NCA bulletin urged Allied mem- 
bers to use SG product whenever 
possible;. Money taken in would be 
used for administrative purposes, 
Allied members were told. 



back to the Capital and reopen one 
of the top stands for touring' shows. 

The National, long the sole legit 
house here, went dark Saturday 
night (31) for stage bookings. The 
theatre's management, which has 
refused to drop a policy of not 
admitting Negroes, rang down the 
curtain on a three weeks' run of 
"Oklahoma!" and said they would 
reopen in September, after altera- 
tions, as a film house. 

Meanwhile, no progress has been 
made in getting new bids for leas- 
ing the old, government-owned 
Belasco theatre. The Federal 
Works Agency turned down two 
bids — one from ANTA and the 
other from Curtis— on the ground 
they had too many "ifs." Both bids 
promised non-segregation policy. 



[~'Ball Players' || 

n , Continued from page 3 : 1 
produced in 16m, The narrow- 
gauge field is entirely non-union, 
so it is strictly up to the individual 
whether he wants to play catch 
with the producer. 

Large-scale layoffs recently by 
the major lots has been very help- 
ful to these sports-minded film- 
makers. There is a great deal of 
talent available and, with everyone 
anxious to get his feet wet in tele- 
vision, most of it is willing to take 
a chance in investing time— time 
being what to many writers, direc- 
tors, actors and technicians have 
too much of currently, anyway. 

Despite the fact that most of the 
video producers are finding takers 
for the no-pay jobs offered, talent 
is squawking, at the "play ball" 
routine, since-^-if the picture or 
pictures they make do prove suc- 
cessful—the filmmakers aren't of- 
fering any percentage cut. All they 
hold out in return for the for-free 
services is a job in future pictures. 



Wednesday, August 4, 1948 



19 




E MEN WHO KNOW BEST 




mfai 




"Better than 'Brute 
Force,' 'Naked City' 

and 'The Killers'!" 

<~N. Y. inquirer 

"A haymaker 
among hard-hitting 
mellers!" 

-Waltor WincMI 

"3 Belli' Shoots and 
punches its way to posi- 
tion among the best ac- 
tion films of the year!" 

— ifmmi* fidivr 

"One of most stirring pictures 
ever made!" 

-Alton Cook, N. Y. World TaUgram 

"More exciting than o headline | 
. . . has 'Brute Force' wallop!" 

-frtkino Johnson, Notional Columnist 



Wednesday, August 4, 1948 




PetriHo Adamant on Extra Com 
From U. S .for Filming Musical Fed 



U. S. War Dept. has been forced< • 
to drop one of its pet film projects 
— a two-reeler on the Berkshire 
Musical Festival — following a 
head-on collision with a personal 
ruling by James C. PetriHo, prez 
of the American Federation of Mu- 
sicians, that the Army would have 
to pay extra coin to the Boston 
Symphony Orchestra to make the 
pic. Army brass has called off 
all bets after Petrillo's refusal to 
relent on his previous stand. < 

Petrillo's nix was incorporated in 
a letter sent by the AFM topper to 
Charles Mertz, in charge of the 
film section of the War Dept's 
Civil Affairs Division. In it, 
PetriHo demanded that something 
over $5,000 in total be paid to the 
Boston Symphony musicians for 
the fihnization. Boston orchestra 
regularly stages the summer con- 
certs at Tanglewood Festival, 
Lenox, Mass. 

The Army asked for a special 
break on the ground that the film 
was a non-profit venture being set 
by a Government agency. It also 
argued that the pic, intended to 
propagandize America's.' cultural 
attainments in music, would only 
be distributed in occupied terri- 
tories as part of its campaign to 
win the Germans and Japs to an 
appreciation of one of America's 
outstanding musical events. ' 

It is conceded that PetriHo, 
while sticking to a demand for 
extra compensation, cot the rate 
from what would ordinarily be 
paid. At the same time, the Army, 
operating on a limited film budget, 
felt the added $5,000 nut made the 
venture prohibitive. 



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Robert J. Rubin, counsel for the 
Society of Independent Motion 
Picture Producers, left New York 
last night (Tuesday) for Washing- 
ton, prior to returning to his head- 
quarters on the Coast. He has been 
in New York the past two weeks 
huddling with distribution chiefs 
of SIMPP members and looking 
into tight sales situations affecting 
indie producers in various parts of 
the country. * 

Rubin will plane out of Washing- 
ton for the Coast tomorrow. He is 
there on tax matters. 



U Wave of Guts, 
Letouts in N. Y. 



Still trying to break the scissor- 
lock of rising operational costs, 
the major film companies are em- 
barking on their second round of 
economy cuts within 10 months in 
the New York homeoffice staffs. 
Duplicating the priming campaign 



i UHDERWOOD'S CHARITY 

'■ " Dallas, Aug. 3. 

W. G. Underwood left $2,500 in 
his wiU to the Boys Ranch Founda 
tion, a project close to his heart 
while he was alive. 

The project is one of the many 
carried on by the Dallas Variety 
Club of which he was a member. 



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initiated last September, the cur- 
rent h.o. slashes are following as 
echoes of the recent deep cutbacks 
in Hollywood studio payrolls. 

Harbinger of bigger cuts to come 
when vacation periods are over. 
Universal has already given the 
pink slip to six staffers in the h.o. 
publicity - advertising department 
The company Informed the dis- 
charged flacks and the Screen Pub- 
licists Guild last week that the 
move was necessitated "for econ- 
omy reasons." The layoffs become 
effective Friday (6) with the six 
due to receive doable severance 
pay as provided for in the SPG 
contract. . 

Other companies, which have re- 
duced their production schedules 
and budget outlays for individual 
films, are expected to, follow suit 
shortly with down-to-the-bone par- 
ing of clerical workers, publicists 
and salesmen. Last year's axing to- 
taled over 500 employees in all 
categories with an overall savings 
to the major companies of over 
$1,000,000. This savings, however, 
was eaten up by wage boosts won 
recently by SPG and Screen Office 
& Professional Employees Guild 
for the remaining 3,000 employees. 

Attempts of the various homeof- 
fice unions to bar the cutbacks 
have failed in the past Specific: 
court rulings have been handed 
down granting companies full 
power to reduce payroll loads for. 
economy reasons. While defeated 
in the courts, the unions, however, 
will probably buck the economy 
measures by a public relations 
drive charging the film companies 
with "spearheading a new depres- 
sion," as they did last year. 



Continued from page 3 s 

the company's toppers wiU be held 
on the Coast next week, during 
which it is expected that policies, 
pictures and personalities will be 
thoroughly threshed out. It is not 
anticipated by insiders, however, 
that there will be any changes in 
either studio or homeoffice execs, 
although there may be some in- 
ternal revision of controls; 

Eastern Executives West 
William A. Scully, distribution 
veepee, and Maurice Bergman, 
eastern pub-ad chief, plane west 
on Friday (6) for the confabs. They 
will be followed Saturday by J. 
Cheever Cowdin, board chairman, 
and Joseph H. Seidelman, foreign 
department topper. Already on 
the Coast for the huddles are Nate 
J. ' Blumberg, prexy; William 
Goetz, production chief, and John 
Joseph, pub-ad director. 

Tax claims on which U is hop- 
ing for quick and favorable action 
have been filed under Section 722 
of the Internal Revenue Code for 
relief from excess profits tax for 
the fiscal years 1941 to 1946 inclu- 
sive. Under one section of that 
code, a taxpayer who has filed such 
an application may defer payment 
of 33% of his excess profits, pend- 
ing determination of his claim. 

Accordingly, the company has 
accrued, but not paid, a sum in ex- 
cess of $7,000,000. Should it get a 
favorable ruling on all or part of 
this sum, it could be transferred to 
the earnings column. There's a 
slight gimmick, however. Should 
U lose its claim, the amount would 
be payable with interest. The in- 
terest amounts to around $1,- 
000,009, for which no provision has 
been made in its accounts, U re- 
ported in its annual statement, 



FOR FILM UNIONEERS 

Hollywood, Aug. 3. 
A pension program, covering 
union workmen in the motion pic- 
ture industry, was broached here 
last week at a conference between 
Richard Walsh, IATSE president, 
and representatives of the major 
studios. 

Walsh plans to discuss the ques- 
tion further when he returns here 
to complete negotiations for a new 
labor contract between the local 
unions and the producers. 



Hdiywood-AFM 
Meet (Hi New Deal 

Chicago, Aug. 3. 
James C. PetriUo's huddle with 
film studio reps will start here Aug. 
9, with both sides prepared for re- 
visions in studio orch demands. 



Frim Salesmen's 
Drive for Union 
Pad Covers 1,906 



British Labor 
Leader to Talk 
At IATSE Conv. 

Aiming to stemjthe rising tide 
of resentment towards the British 
film industry in the U. S., Tom : * 
O'Brien, general secretary of the 
National Assn. of Theatre & Kine 
Employees, wiU give the British 
side at the Aug. 16 convention in 
Cleveland of the International Al- 
liance of Theatrical Stage Employ- 
ees. O'Brien, who is also a member 
of Parliament, sails for the U. S. . 
from London Saturday (7). 

At the IATSE convention, 
O'Brien will face several resolu- 
tions for the boycott of British 
films by U. S. labor which are be- 
ing introduced by Hollywood I A. 
locals. Richard F. Walsh, IATSE 
prexy, has voiced no opinion on 
these resolutions, but it's under- 
stood he'll counter with more dip. 



Although it is taken for granted 

that PetriHo will ask for salary in- ] lomatic proposals to negotiate any 
creases, the studios have already outstanding Anglo-U S. differences, 
warned their reps to counter such 1 Walsh, who has been on very 
offers with a return to setup of j cordial terms with his British coun- 



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Rocky Mt Screen Club's 
Rehabilitation Drive 

Denver, Aug. 3. 
In an effort to establish better 
public relations as weU as to re- 
flect importance and dignity of the 
film industry in the Rocky Moun- 
tain area, the Rocky Mountain 
Screen Club has launched a sub- 
stantial program of charity and re-' 
habitation, scope of which is the 
biggest ever attempted by this or- 
ganization. Donations are now be- 
ing solicited as part of the drive to 
augment the Screen Club's charity 
work. 

In the drive for funds, Pat 
McGee, chairman of campaign, lists 
such outstanding members of the 
Screen Club as Rick Ricketson, 
Charles Gilmour, Charlie Yaeger, 
Bob SeHg, Charles Klein and Dave 
CockriH as being viiaUy interested 
in the campaign among the several 
hundred members in Colorado, 
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Errol Flynn climbs a horse in 
his next Warners starrer, "Mon- 
tana," a tale of strife between 
sheep and cattle ranchers, written 
by Ernest Haycox. 

William Jacobs will produce and 
Ray Enright will direct, as the 
first job under his new long term 
contract. 



Negotiations for the first union 
contract to cover approximately 
1,000 film salesmen nationally 
opened in New York this week be- 
tween industry execs and leaders 
of the Colosseum of Film Sales- 
men. Climaxing a two-year fight 
for recognition by Colosseum, the 
talks are a result of a recent bar- 
gaining election victory won by the 
guild at 11 major distributors. 

Wage boost demands of the 
salesmen are understood to be 
substantial, although Colosseum 
spokesmen have denied reports 
that they are asking for a 50% 
base salary rise. Previously, Colos- 
seum leaders said they would 
press to lift salesmen's salaries 
high above the average $75-$85 
level which has been held over 
since the prewar years. Th« cur- 
rent boxoffke dip and rumors of 
layoffs, however, has resulted in a 
moderation of original demands. 

In a move to safeguard the posi- 
tions of older salesmen, Colosseum 
is laying heavy stress upon 
seniority clauses in the industry 
contract. One of the top beefs of 
salesmen during' last year's econ- 
omy drive was that men with 15 to 
25 years of service were discharged 
in some instances ahead of younger 
men. Colosseum is also asking for 
increased automobile mileage and 
other expense allowances. 

A shift in Colosseum's leader- 
ship has taken place, meanwhue, 
With the resignation of A. M. Van 
Dyke, 20th-Fox branch manager in 
Chicago, as prexy. Van Dyke's 
stepdown follows a recent ruling 
by the National labor Relations 
Board that sales execs are not priv- 
ileged for guild membership. 
N. M Provencher, Colosseum's 
exec secretary with headquarters 
in Milwaukee, is heading the union 
negotiating committee. Pat Scol- 
lard, Paramount labor relations 
chief, is acting spokesman of the 
11 -company industry group. 



yesteryears in which a nuclei of 
a dozen or so members will be 
hired by each studio and the rest 
will be on call. 

This is one of the planks that 
studios say is necessary with 
mounting cost of production and 
toss of revenue. However, Petril- 
lo, who fought for many years to 
outlaw this "casting" system for 
musicians, will insist that studios 
maintain full staffs, pointing out 
that, even with musicals includ- 
ed, average cost of music per pic 
is only 4%, one of the smallest 
items in production budget 

One of the studios is prepared, 
if opposition is steadfast against 
lower costs, to use old musical 
backgrounds rather than hire addi- 
tional men. There has been a tacit 
oral agreement for years that stu- 
dios would not use tracks over 
again, but in the event of a stale- 
mate action, such backgrounds 
could be easily reused. Studio, 
which is one of the larger inde- 
pendent producers, feels that it 
can, without much effort, use old 
tracks for next 10 years without 
repeating. 



terpart, invited O'Brien to address 
the convention. 

O'Brien will also engage in un- 
official talks with Eric Johnston, 
Motion Picture Assn. of America 
prexy, while here. Hell also go to 
Washington to discuss general po- 
litical questions with Congressional 
leaders. 



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Ohio Drive-la »f $250 

Columbus, Aug. 3. 
Burglars who broke into the 
National Auto theatre on the 
National Pike, Sunday, July 25, 
stole nearly $250. Two suspects, 
captured later, carried a money 
bag containing $61 belonging to 
Academy Am us. Co., operators of 
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roll up an equally big gross without 
aid of Goldwyn's staff. 

Aim of the tieup was to give the 
picture the same roadshow treat- 
ment as Goldwyn's "Best Years of 
Our Lives." With Goldwyn han- 
dling distribution and RKO in the 
technical role of a mere physical 
agent, complete roadshow policy 
could be used, since Goldwyn is 
not subject to the Supreme Court 
injunction against fixing admission 
prices, as is RKO. Should the deal 
completely faH through, RKO will 
give "Joan" limited roadshowing, 
restricted to those houses which 
the distrib can lease on a four- 
walls basis. By actually leasing a 
theatre for a showcase engagement, 
injunction is circumvented, since 
the company, naturally, can set 
admission prices and policy in its 
own houses. 

"Red River" deal has also been 
a long time in the making because 
of the complexity of ownership 
Among those who must give ap- 
proval are Dan O'Shea and Edward 
Small, whose Motion Picture In- 
vestors, Inc., put up most of the 
coin; Howard Hawks, who pro- 
duced and directed; the bank and 
the players who deferred salary. 
In this case, too, 3% of the pro- 
ducers' share goes to Goldwyn. 
Practically all the okays are now 
in or have been indicated. 

United Artists, the distributors, 
wUl handle on its own the 250 or 
more bookings in Texas with which 
the picture will be kicked off later 
this month. All further dates will 
be supervised by the Goldwyn or- 
ganization, which will also work 
with UA on the publicity-advertis- 
ing campaigns: 

"River" will not be rdadshown, 
but top percentage terms will be 



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8 Col. Reissues to Astor 

Bob Savini's Astor Pictures last 
week inked a reissue deal with Co- 
lumbia covering distribution of 
eight "Wild BUI" Elliott caters in 
the U. S. and Canada over a seven- 
year period. ' - Pact hands Astor 
both 35m and 16m rights. 

All are about 8-10 years old. 



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James A. Mulvey, .Goldwyn 
prexy, who has been negotiating 
the "Joan" and "River" deals; . left 
last Saturday (31) for' Rangery, 
Maine, where he'U spend twb 
weeks fishing. His objective in 
obtaining the outside supervision 
setups is to bring down the over- 
head on Goldwyn's extensive east- 
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MINNEAPOLIS 

New Nate Shapiro-Bcnnie Ber- 
ger neighborhood theatre to be 
balled the Gedar, after street on 
Which it's located. • . 

Ev, Seibei, Minnesota Amus. Co. 
ad head, joined the Alan Ladds at 
Gull Lake, Minn., where they 
went for a week of fishing after 
participation in Aquatennial cele- 
bration here,.:. " 

Emil Montemurro, Movietone 
cameraman, here from K. C. to 
shoot Aquatennial parades. 

Mel Evidon, former Columbia 
branch manager at Des Moines, 
joined Savereide Theatre Brokers 
and opens branch office in Los Aff- 
geles. 

Charles A. McAvoy and Harry 
Buckwald, localites, joined Water- 
loo, la., pair to buy Palace thea- 
tre there and will spend $35,000 to 
improve it. 

, Max E. YoUngstein, Eagle-Lion 
veepee in charge of ad-publicity, 
here to hold a Bill Heineman sales 
drive meeting. * 
Roger Dietz of Paramount spend- 
ing fortnight with National Guard 
at Camp Ripley. ';..■„ 



PITTSBURGH 

Donn Wermuth, with WB for 20 
years as p.a. and manager, resigned 
as manager in Fairmont, W. Va., 
being replaced by Arthur Pearce. 

With death of Dr. Charles II. 
Herman, veteran Carnegie, Pa., ex- 
hibitor, his widow, Louise B. Her- 
man, took over ownership and ac- 
tive management of four Herman 
theatres. ' 

Bill Graner resigned from Frank- 
lin Film exchange to join Mono- 
gram as office manager-booker; 
succeeds Carl DOrtic, from Metro 
office in Chicago. 

Dan C. Hay man's associate in 
the ownership of Seneca theatre, 
Belington, W, Va., is W. C. Lloyd. 
Both are newspaper circulation di- 
rectors in Uniontown, Pa., and also 
own another house in Tunnelton, 
W. Va. : s':,\ 



confabs on preein of "Babe Ruth 
Story" at State-Lake, Sept. 1. 

Harold Stevens, Paramount ex- 
c ^ a i*^?, Head, elected Chi chairman 
or Will Rogers Sanatarium drive. 
Local group has $100,000 quota. 
. Sam Shernoff and Jack Rubins 
bought the Chopin, 625-seateiv on 
west side; will remodel. 

Frank Anderson and Alvin 
J! rank, assistant managers at Ori- 
ental, are resigning to open a res- 
taurant in Evanston, 111. 

MEMPHIS 

Dave Flexer, head of Flexer 
Theaters, Inc., said his chain's as- 
sociation with M. A. Lightman 
theatre interests here had been 
severed. Lightman associates with 
Ed Sapinsley and Herb Kohn 
bought a small piece in Flexer 
Theatres last January. Purchase 
gave Lightman and associates the 
green light to handle booking and 
buying for Peabody and Ritz here, 
Strand arid Varsity, Amory, Miss., 
and Tower, Sardis, Miss. Flexer 
said no cash was involved in trans- 
fer..-.'. 



ROONEY'S 1-A-YEAR 
VIA OWN UNIT FOR M-G 

Hollywood, Aug. 3. 
Metro handed Mickey Rooney a 
five-year player contract calling for 
one picture annually, to be made by 
Mickey's own corporation, Rooney- 
Steifel. 

Pact gives Rooney the privilege 
of making pictures on the outside. 
His latest film on the Metro lot is 
"Words and Music." 

While new deal frees Rooney for 
outside pix, radio and video deals, 
it's understood Metro, in turn, ef- 
fected an economy since the 
amount lie gets for each picture is 
substantially lower than his former 
annual salary. Reported that other 
Metro topnotch contractees may be 
allowed to renew contracts on a 
similar basis. 



NEW YORK 

• James R. Grainger, Republic ex- 
ecutive veepee in charge of sales, 
returned to New York. last week 

-after tour of company's North Hol- 
lywood studios and visiting 
branches in the midwest. 

" Lou S. Hart, of Gloversville, has 

- a s s u m e d zone" managership of 
Schine's Northern New York the- 
atre chain with headquarters in 
Watertown, ■ N. Y. He succeeded 
Harold F. Sliter, transferred to 
Lexington, Ky. 

•- Carbons, Inc., headed by Edward 
Lachman, prexy of New Jersey Al- 
lied, has appointed three new local 

- distribution reps to handle theatre 
carbons. Earl E. Jameson, prez of 
Exhibitors Film .Delivery Service, 
has taken over the Kansas City ter- 
ritory;" Sun Distributors, the New 
York area; and Academy Theatre 
Supply, the Chicago sector. Lach- 
man's concern has U. S. distribu- 

' tion rights td Lorraine Carbon, 
" newly-created: French Carbon.' 



SAN FRANCISCO 

John Ettlinger ankles Par, pub- 
licity job for L. A.-television berth. 

W. C. Gehririg, 20th-Fox assist- 
ant sales manager, and B. D. 
Stoner, assistant Western division 
manager, due here on western 
branch tour. 
* "Min" Levy of PRC and Helen 
Wobbe, Golden Gate Theatre pub- 
licity head, booked passage on Lur- 
line for Hawaii, Sept. 20. 

Van P. Garrison transferred 
from Merced, where he was di- 
vision manager for- T. & D. Enter- 
prises, to Oakland divisional man- 
ager post. Garrison was 15 years 
with Golden State Theatres. Re- 
placed by J. L. Pilegard, former 
manager of Tulare. 

Lux opened in downtown Oak- 
land by D. B. Levin and Louis 
Kaliski. ■ 

George Seitch, RKO salesman, 
suffered serious burns when his 
automobile exploded while he was 
repairing motor. 



WB Pacts 

SS5 Continued from page 3 

grants them compensation equal to 
the rate paid for the third, fourth, 
and fifth years *f their current 
tickets, amounting to the $125,200. 
Actually, both WB biggies waived 
the automatic increase for 1948 
earlier this year along with Samuel 
Schneider, V.p.,' and Mort Blumen- 
stock, ad-pub veepee. No refer- 
ence to the waiver of the $12,500 
boost : is made in the extension 
deals. . ,.: 

All other terms of the Kalmine 
and Kalmenson contracts will apply 
to their new tickets. 

Silverstone's present pact also 
expires Dec. 31, 1950, His new deal 
pushes the deadline to Dec. 31, 
1952, with his pay fixed at the rate 
for the fourth and fifth years of 
the current contract. All other 
terms will be applicable for the 
added two years. 



EETEAM FORD, KEYES 

Hollywood, Aug. 3. 

Glenn Ford and Evelyn Keyes 
will team again in "Mr. Soft 
Touch," formerly titled "Mr. Mir- 
acle," at Columbia, with Gordon 
Douglas directing. 

Pair worked together in "The 
Mating of Millie" on the same lot. 



Yanks Lose Brit Yen 



Continued from page 3 



half that number will actually face 
a lens. ' 

Latest to he scratched Is "The 
Secret Garden," which Clarence 
Brown was to have produced for 
Metro at Elstrec with Dean Stock- 
well and Margaret O'Brien starred, 
Metro has made no official an- 
nouncement of cancellation of its 
plans, but the film appeared this 
week on the schedule of produc- 
tions to be made at the Coast stu- 
dio. J;'/ V. 

M-G It now winding up lensing 
of its initial and, perhaps, final— 
for the time being, anyhow — film 
in England. It is "Edward* My 
Son." Producer Edward Knopf re- 
turned to the U. S. last week, and 
star Spencer Tracy, director 
George Cukor and publicity chief 
Howard Strickling and his wife 
leave on the Queen Mary next Sat- 
urday (7). , •' ' 

Twentieth-Fox is planning to 
make "The Affairs of Adelaide" 
("Britannia Mews") With Maureen 
O'Hara and Dana Andrews'. It is 
the only company showing any real 
interest in British production and 
is tentatively planning a Scotland 
Yard picture there and ''Black 
Rose," filmization of the novel. 

Beyond that there are no definite 
plans by any company, although it 
is anticipated that a few more pix 
may be made when coin frozen 
under the March agreement begins 
to pile up. 

'A twist of the film pact is re- 
sponsible for the dearth of purely 
American production. Companies 
are finding it much more profitable 
to make deals with. British pro- 
ducers and to let them make the 
pictures, perhaps with U. S, stars. 
Then the Yank companies use their 
blocked currency to buy western 
hemisphere rights. 

This is an angle of the pact that 
developed when American compa- 
nies were trying, to agree among 
themselves on interpretations of 
the terms. It cuts down on the 
amount of coin going into the U. S. 
dollar pool derived front income 
of British pix playing in America. 
That is because these films bought 



outright are ao longer consider 
British product, since they s 
American*owned. • 

However, the companies figure 
it advantageous because they don't 
have the large investment in dol- 
lars necessary to send a troupe to 
England to make a picture. There 
is a considerable amount of hard 
U. S. cash involved in an American ; 
production in Britain, since all the 
people sent over must be paid in 
dollars here. Thus, it is advan- 
tageous to buy the purely British- 
made pix and just use frozen 
pounds. 

' Tight interpretation of the Brit- 
ish government on terms of the 
pact, making it difficult for Ameri- 
can companies to produce .there, 
have also discouraged some treks 
abroad. British clamp resulted 
from fears generated by the flood 
of announcements of production 
plans immediately after the, pact 
Was" inked. " 

Still another factor discouraging 
Yank production in England is the 
generally mediocre success in this 
country of pix made there, even" 
if producer, writers, director and 
chief technicians are American. It 
is said that some of the British 
atmosphere is absorbed that makes 
the films unpalatable to Americans*; 

Jimmy Cross Meeting 
Baby Son for 1st Time 

Jimmy Cross, vet vauder and 
husband of former Universal play- 
er Peggy Ryan, flew to the Coast , 
last week, where he met their 
first son, born last May 26, for the 
first time. 

Cross has been abroad since 
April, originally going over with 
the illfated Bert Friedlob-Bob Top- 
ping midget auto racing venture,, 
and stayed on to travel to Germany 
to entertain the troops with Lana 
Turner, a visit to Cannes, etc. 

Miss Ryan, since severing from 
Universal, has been devoting her- 
self to The Ryan Pan, a San Fer- 
nando Valley eatery in which she 
invested for Her family. 



DALLAS 

Eph Charninsky, San Antonio 
head of Southern Theatre circuit 
houses announces Charles Wolf as 
manager of Harlandale, a suburban 
house. 

Charley Wise and M. Mitchell- 
have purchased Edge, theatre at 
Edgewood, Texas. Wise is general 
manager of Phil Isley Theatres. 

Interstate Theatres returned the 
Lamar and Dixie, Paris, Texas, to 
C. J. Musselman following the re- 
cent U. S. Supreme Court decision. 
Gem . at Wichita Falls, also, was re- 
turned by Interstate to Aaron Mc- 
Ilheran and Mrs, R. C. Mellheran. 

B. A. Haralson, exhibitor con- 
tact man for Allied Theatre Own- 
ers of Texas, resigned and plans 
on retiring from organization. He 
is a nephew of Col. H. A. Cole who 
previously announced similar plans. 

Full ownership of the Stude 
theatre in Houston 'purchased by 
R. Z. Glass. House was operated in 
partnership with the Interstate 
Theatres Circuit. He also owns 
and operates the State, another 
suburban house. D. L. Murray 
will be general manager of both 
houses. , ; 



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CHICAGO 



Herb Ellisburg in from Florida 
to renew lease on Studio theatre. 

LaSalle opened July 30 after re- 
modeling foyer and back. 

Herman Tett appointed manager 
of Palace, Cicero, 111.; formerly 
was with Century Theatres, New 

Y °Steve Broidy, Monogram Films 
prexy, and Roy Del Ruth, in for 



Here's a proved complexion care! In recent Lux 
Toilet Soap tests by skin specialists, actually 3 out 
of 4 complexions improved in a short time. 
* "Lux Soap care leaves skin softer, smoother," 
says lovely Claire Trevor. "I work the fragrant 
lather in thoroughly. As I rinse and then pat with 
a soft towel to dry, skin takes on fresh new beauty!" 

Don't let neglect' cheat you of romance. Take 
the screen stars' tip. See what this gentle beauty 
care can do for you! 





RADIO 



cana Exotica Due for a Going 
Over in CBS' Fall 'American Diary' 



CBS is grooming a new venture- 

an Actuality Productions Unit. 

It's set to preem Sept. 12 in an 
ambitious series called "The Amer- 
ican Diary," and such peculiar 
facets of Americana as comic 
books, etiquette, the high cost of 
Jiving, new draftees, superstitions, 
etc., will get a wholesale going 
over. 

The series will represent a new 
development in tape recording 
technique to give it the flexibility, 
of a motion picture camera. As 
such it will be a "candid mike 
without gimmicks," mirroring a 
cross-section of the American pub- 
lic. Th,e combined talents of the 
CBS News Dept., Special Events 
Dept. and the Documentary Unit 
are being enlisted for the series, 
which will be produced under the 
overall supervision of Werner 
Michel, with Lee Bland and Sam 
Abelow as producers and Ned Cal- 
mer as the writer and narrator. 

Tape recorded series is slated 
for a Sunday afternoon time peri- 
od, as a companion piece to the 
web's "You Were There" histori 
cal series. 



RWG Signs With Webs 

New contract covering dramatic 
and documentary staff scripters 
has been signed by the Radio 
Writers Guild and CBS, ABC and 
CBS. Pact is retroactive from last 
July 1 and extends to Sept. 30, 
1949. It provides for 10% salary 
Increases and more favorable 
terms for severance. 

Mutual, with no -continuity writ- 
ers on staff, is not included in the 
setup. 



FM Assn. Claims 
AT&T Reneging 

Washington, Aug. 3. 

An exchange of letters between 
the FCC and American Telephone 
and Telegraph Co. was released 
Monday (2). FCC said it had re- 
ceived a complaint from the FM 
Assn. stating that certain inter- 
city facilities, agreed upon at a 
meeting last winter, bad not been 
made available by AT&T. 

FM requested another hearing. 
AT&T protested that it had com- 
plied with the agreements and had, 
in fact, on order additional facili- 
ties for use of FM and FM net- 
works. AT&T does not see any 
need for a hearing, it told the FCC. 



Longines to Put 
Piastro on CBS 



Deal looks set for Longines to 
buy the Sunday afternoon 2 to 2:30 
stretch on CBS for the Mishel 
Piastro orchestral-" ensemble. Final 
pacting is contingent on whether 
the network can obtain station 
clearance, with most of the affil- 
iates already chiming in affirma- 
tively. 

The Longines Simfonette is al- 
ready heard in a recorded nightly 
stanza on WOR, New York, and 
approximately 100 other stations 
on a "national spot" basis. The 
CBS network show, to be done live, 
would mean an expansion of the 
Longines entry into radio, with the 
recorded show continuing. 
- Longines pact would break the 
solid Sunday afternoon sustaining 
roster on CBS. 



Dinah Back to Cantor 
Show at $1,250 Wkly. 
After 25G London Date 

Dinah Shore, set for two "weeks 
at the London Palladium, starti»g 
Aug. 30, is due back Oct. 1 on the 
Coast for the start of the Eddie 
Cantor series. She's signed as fea- 
tured vocalist on the comedian's 
Pabst series, at $1,250 a week for 
39 weeks, with the right of can- 
cellation at her discretion. She's 
also free to do a program of her 
own or guest on other shows, pro- 
vided there's no sponsor or product 
conflict. 

Singer is getting $25,000 for the 
two-week London engagement, plus 
expenses for her and her arranger- 
accompanist, Ticker Freeman. Her 
husband, film actor George Mont- 
gomery, will probably make the 
trip, too. A clause in Miss Shore's 
contract with tHe Palladium per- 
mits 'her to cancel the date if she 
gets a radio series that interferes. 

QUAKER OATS BUYS 
'YUKON' ABC SHOW 



ABC has recouped the Quaker 
Oats billing lost in the bankroHer's 
cancellation of the 15-minute cross- 
the-board "Terry and the Pirates." 
Cereal outfit has beeri pacted to 
sponsor "Challenge of the Yukon," 
now a once weekly nighttime 
stanza, as a three-a-week feature in 
the 5-5:30 p.m. slot. 

Tuesday-Thursday segments of 
this strip will be occupied by 
"Green Hornet," also now a weekly 
nighttime show, which General 
Mills currently sponsors but is 
dropping. Two dramatizations will 
move Into the late afternoon line- 
up Sept. 6, with QO to pick up the 
tab on "Yukon" the following 
week. 



Toni's Own Dilemma: 
, Which Half of 'Ladies' 
Is a Chi Permanent? 

Chicago, Aug. 3. 
Report that' the Toni Co. was 
contemplating splitting away its 
half (the second) of "Ladies Be 
►Seated" and moving it to Holly- 
wood was described by the Chi 
Toni offices yesterday (Monday) 
as just having a glimmer of fact. 
What had happened, said the Toni 
source, was that during the course 
of a meeting between officials of 
Quaker Oats, which supports the 
first half of the ABC series, and 
the Toni Co. something was said 
about two originations if it were 
okay' with Quaker. 

Purpose of this meeting last 
week was to see whether the two 
couldn't cooperate more closely on 
determining the show's policy. 
Toni, which followed Quaker into 
the "Ladies" picture, has lately 
been especially unhappy over the 
fact that like other matters in- 
volving actual composition of the 
show it's been shut out of the 
prize-giving phase. Toni office now 
feels that as a result of the get- 
together with Quaker it should be 
easy to resolve any differences and 
wishes that come up and also to 
keep the two quarter-hours linked 
in Chicago. If the split were to 
occur it would be the first time In 
network history that an across-the- 
board stanza had two originating 
points. 

Ton! Is making plans to move 
intq television. Foote, Cone & Beld- 
ing, its agency, is now. working on 
spot announcements for placement 
in the fall. Account has also just 
bought the comedy team of Wayne 
and Schuster for a Trans-Canadian 
hookup starting Sept. 9. Makes 
Toni's second show in the domin- 
ion, having been on the past year 
with Russ Titus' "Sing-along." 
Canadian buy lifts Toni's network 
billings in both countries slightly 
above the $5,000,000-mark. 




Wednesday, Angmt 4, 194f 



KLZ Commercial Manager 

R. MAIN MORRIS 

background of 25 years in ad 
circles including some of the largest 
radio accounts in the Rocky Moun- 
tain region qualifies R. Main Morris 
for his top job as KLZ's commercial 
manager. 

KLZ, DENVER. 



BMB 'Old Hat— At Least To H 
Mutual Web Affiliates Told 



Claim Pix Angle 
Caused Vamoos Of 
Azearraga in 6 A 

When Emilio Azearraga, Mexico's 
top broadcaster, frequently re^ 
ferred to as "Mr. Radio of North 
America," walked out on Goar 
Mestre and the other champions of 
a free radio who ganged up on the 
Peron-controlled Argentine Broad- 
casters Assn. at the recent B.A. 
conference of western hemisphere 
broadcasters, he was motivated pri- 
marily by a desire to protect his 
Argentine pix interests. 

That, at . any rate, is the con 
elusions drawn by broadcasters 
who have been closely observing 
hemispheric relations. Always in 
the past identified as a champion 
of a free and democratic radio, 
Azearraga literally threw a bomb- 
shell into the B.A. conference by 
taking a powder on Mestre, Cuba's 
No. 1 radio man and ardent foe of 
the Argentine broadcasting setup, 
who led in the 14-nation gangup 
on Peron. 

In addition to his firm grip on 
Mexico radio, Azearraga is also 
prominent in Mexican and South 
American film circles, distributing 
his product widely in Argentine. It 
was a case, it's now argued, where 
he had to "lay off" in the con- 
demnation of the Peron govern- 
ment, or, face the loss of his lucra- 
tive film biz in Argentine. Azear- 
raga chose to play it safe. 



Frankel Exits CBS 

Mortimer Frankel, associate 
script editor at CBS, NT Y., for the 
past five years, is checking out 
next week to join Murphy-Lillis, 
Inc., producers of industrial and 
television films. He'll work on 
scripts and new program develop- 
ment, also freelancing on the side. 

M-L's major account is Chester- 
field, for TV films. 

Metro Discovers 
There's Radio, Too 

When WHN, N.Y., swings over 
in mid-September to its new 
regime, changes its call letters to 
WMGM and takes possession of its 
elaborate new Manhattan quarters 
at 711 Fifth avenue, which repre- 
sents an outlay of approximately 
$1,000,000, it's expected to spark 
a radio-TV consciousness on the 
part of the parent Metro picture 
organization. 

Until now the Metro film lords 
have not only remained aloof from 
the N.Y. indie radio operation, con- 
tent with the fact that it was reap- 
ing annual billings bordering the 
$2,000,000 mark, but practically 
kept itself at arm's length from the 
whole radio and television picture. 

However, with the recent acquisi- 
tion of its KMGM-FM operation on 
the Coast and the more exacting 
WMGM identification in New York, 
it's reported that Metro -will re- 
verse its longstanding policy and 
play a more vital role in AM, FM 
and TV, paralleling the close re- 
lationship of Warner Bros, with its 
KFWB operation on the Coast and 
its projected plunge into tele- 
vision. 

Encompassed within the sphere 
of WHN's thinking is the utiliza- 
tion of its new Fifth avenue quar- 
ters for television, the onetime 
NBC building being equipped with 
elaborate studio space. The move- 
over as such is seen as to prelude 
to Metro's long-range planning for 
asserting itself not only in radio 
but in the realm of video as well. 



♦ Mutual research and promotion 
veepee E. P. H. (Jimmy) James. 

adveiv 



served notice on stations, 



MITCHELL TO NAB 
* ADVERTISING POST 

Washington, Aug. 3. 

Maurice B. Mitchell, general 
manager of WTOP, CBS outlet, 
has been named Director of NAB's 
Department of Broadcast Adver- 
tising. Proposed sale of 55% of 
WTOP stock to the Washington 
Post puts John S. Hayes, general 
manager of the Post's WINX, in 
top managerial job at WTOP. 

CBS asked Mitchell to return to 
New York, where he was last year, 
in a television sales capacity. 

Int'I Silver Prefers 



Young as Schnoz Foil 

Hollywood, Aug. 3. 
Jimmy Durante and Pbil Cohan, 
his producer and co-owners of the 
package, gave the nod to Alan 
Young over Vera Vague as comedy 
foil on the new Camel series next 
fall. 

Deal gives Young the right to 
do an outside show, 



BAKER CLEARED OF 
BREACHING CONTRACT 

Hollywood, Aug. 3. 

Arbitration board cleared Phil 
Baker of the charge preferred by 
Philip Morris and the Biow agency 
that he breached the morals clause 
of his contract when he was arrest- 
ed and fined for reckless driving. 

It appear.-: certain, however, he'll 
be dropped as emcee of "Every- 
body Wins" when the next option 
rolls around in October. Dick Po- 
well looks like the winning candi- 
date as his successor. 



er 

International Silver is reported 
unhappy with the time-buying de- 
partment of its agency, Young & 
Rubicarn, because of the network 
setup of the "Ozzie and Harriet" 
program the coming season. The 
scheduled 6:30 p.m. Sunday spot on 
NBC, immediately preceding Jack 
Benny, is figured an, excellent buy, 
except that it isn't over full net- 
work facilities. That will force the 
account to broadcast the series by 
transcription at later time in a 
number of markets. 

The silver concern had the 6 p.m. 
Sunday spot on CBS for many 
years, but switched last season to 
9:30 p.m. Fridays on the same net 
work. 



Johnson to Sit Tight On 
Fibber Summer Sub When 
Resuming Show in Fall 

When Johnson's Wax resumes 
sponsorship of Fibber McGee & 
Molly in the fall, it will also sit 
tight on its summer replacement, 
upping its radio budget by an ap 
proximate $300,000 a year for the 
two-way ride. It will mark the 
client's biggest network splurge to 
date. 

Unable to pact Fred Waring for 
the Tuesday night 9:30 NBC pe- 
riod while Fibber & Molly vaca- 
tion, because of Waring's General 
Electric nighttime show, Johnson's 
Wax, instead, bought into-the morn- 
ing cross-the-board Waring show 
on NBC. But instead of dropping 
the orch when F & M return, the 
bankroller has decided to continue 
sponsorship of the Monday and 
Wednesday a.m. segments. 

Client is also bankrolling a 15- 
minute Saturday afternoon NBC 
sportscast by Dizzy Dean, but it's 
only a summer ride during the 
baseball season. 



Users and- agencies this week via 
letter that MBS is "through" sup. 
plying Broadcast Measurement Bu. 
reau listener figures as the bashi 
for coverage estimates. 

He pointed out that BMB's 1848 
nationwide station listening survey 
is now more than two years old and 
Mutual, which has added affiliates 
by the score in that period (total is 
now over 500), today has more 
stations which have not been meas- 
ured by BMB than those which 
have. 

"We're not criticizing BMB," 
James says, "but the BMB data is 
so hopelessly outdated as far as we 
are concerned that it's simply 
stupid for us to go on using those 
figures." 

He noted, too, that it's going to 
be another year to 18 months be- 
fore BMB's 1949 figures are avail- 
able. In the meantime, he indi- 
cated, Mutual will base its cover* 
age claims on its own "listenabil- 
ity" findirtgs. (Only the daytime 
claims under this measurement 
have been unveiled by Mutual, but 
the web is expected to uncork the . 
nighttime findings early in tht 
fall.) 

The other networks apparently 
will go on using the BMB figures. 
Ed Evans, research director of 
ABC, which has had the greatest 
station growth next to Mutual, said 
that web was continuing to use 
BMB data, supplementing it where 
stations have been added or have 
increased power with estimates of 
their coverage. He said BMB's '48 
figures confirmed early ABC esti- 
mates of coverage within a couple 
of percentage points. 

Sealtest Show 
To Benefit AFRA 

Philadelphia, Aug. 3. 
National Dairy, which has spon- 
sored Sealtest "Village Store" for 
the last decade, will probably re- 
place it in the fall with a guestar 
variety series, with Dorothy La- 
mour as m.c. Latter show is being 
submitted to the client this week 
by the N. W. Ayer agency, which 
recently took over the account 
from McKee & Albright. Series is 
to continue in the 9:30 spot Thurs- 
day nights on NBC. 

Gimmick of the new show is the 
guest angle, which will be another 
charity setup along the lines of 
"Screen Guild Theatre." In this 
case, $2,500 a week will he paid 
by the sponsor to the welfare fund 
of the American Federation of 
Radio Artists, which will not only 
okay the guests to waive their nor- 
mal, performance fees but will un- 
dertake to assist in lining up the 
stars and clearing their appear- 
ances with their regular sponsors. 

Music Corp. of America is pack- 
aging and agenting the program. 



POP-SON GOODWILL 



SHUMATE'S KSO POST 

Des Moines, Aug. 3. 
Tom Lewis Shumate has been 
named program director of KSO, 
Des Moines. v He succeeds Edmund 
Lin eh an, who will become station 
promotion manager. 



Rival Pitt. Stations Yield on Kauf- 
mann Pinchhit Deal For Month 

Pittsburgh, Aug. 3. • 
Although Gene Kaufmann's " a 
Staff announcer on KQV, station 
management gave him the green 
light to do a month of fill-in news- 
casting on WCAE, a rival station. 
The guy he's pinch-hitting for only 
happens to be his father,- Lou 
Kaufmann, who has shoved oil for 
Cape Cod on a month's vacation. 

It was a goodwill gesture to the 
elder Kaufmann inasmuch as he 
was a long-time fixture at KQV 
before shifting to WCAE. Latter 
station had no objection when 
news man's sponsors expressed 
their satisfaction with the sub- 
stitute. 



WMCA Has a Brand New 
Concept on Disk Jockeys; 
Dorsey Show to WUB 

With Tommy Dorsey taking over 
his transcribed disk jockey show 
from Lou Cowan on Aug. 16, show 
is also doing a WMCA (N. Y.) fade. 
Instead WLIB, the Dorothy Thack- 
rey-owned Manhattan indie, takes 
over the program starting Sept. 6, 
the day after it winds up on 
WMCA. 

WMCA is reported prepping a 
revamp of its disk-jockey format, 
and may toss most of them out the 
window. It's recalled that when the 
station adopted the disk jock con- 
cept, Herman Bess was major 
domoing the operation. Bess is now 
gen. mgr. of- WLIB. 



Ralph Atlass Stricken 

Chicago, Aug. 3. 
Ralph Atlass, v.p. in charge of 
WBBM, Chicago, is seriously ill of 
virus pneumonia and was yester- 
day (Monday) reported as not re- 
sponding satisfactorily to treat- 
ment. 

He was stricken on his yacht 
while cruising on Lake Michigan 
about 40 miles from Mackinaw. 
Atlass has suffered a couple severe 
heart attacks during the past year. 



Wednesday, Input 4, 1948 



RAMA 2s 



NETWORKS IN A POLITICAL STO 



Crime Doesn't Pay in B.A., Either 

, Montevideo, July 29. 

Production men andagency reps in Buenos Aires are hurriedly 
trying to change the format of whodunits on the Argentine air 
Since a government decree, issued on July 27, axed any type of 
police or crime story from the air, except after 10 p.m., when good 
children are supposed to be in bed. (Edict is similar to NBC's, 
which forbids whodunits before 9:30 p.m.) 

Wielding of the axe is believed to have been inspired by the 
new Minister of Education, Dr. Oscar Ivanissevich, formerly 
Argentine Ambassador in Washington, who is anxious to get most 
radio matters under the control of his Secretariat. 

In issuing its decree, the Radio Control Board states that the 
police department reports show an increase in juvenile delin- 
quency and infer that the juves have been learning crime from 
the various detective serials broadcast by the major webs in the 
late afternoon and evening. The axe affects Sterling Products' 
sponsored "Peter Fox Knew" on Radio Mundo, "The Saint" series, 
sponsored by Kolynos on the Splendid web, and a number of other 
similar programs. 



Sifting of Port Huron Case on Tap 
As Probe of FCC Gets Under Way 




• Washington, Aug. 3. ♦ 

Initial hearings in the newest 
Congressional probe of the Federal 
Communications Commission open 
tomorrow (4). The Select House 
Committee for the investigation 
plans to discuss the recent Port 
Huron decision with the question 
of censorship of libelous material 
In a political broadcast. 

Committee Chairman Forest A. 
Harness (R.-Ind.) said they would 
spend a couple of days exploring 
the issue. He said FCC would be 
given a "searching, complete and 
thorough investigation." 

Members of the Committee are: 
Reps. Leonard W. Hall (R.-N.Y.), 
Charles H. Elston (R.-Ohio), J. 
Percy Priest (D.-Tenn.), and Oren 
Harris (D.-Ohio). Frank T. Bow of 
Canton. Ohio, is general counsel 
and already has investigators at 
tyrork in the Commission going 
0ver files and interviewing per- 
sonnel. 

It is generally believed that Rep. 
F. Edward Hebert (D.-La.) stirred 
tip the probe with his repeated at- 
tacks on Edward Lamb, Toledo. 
Lamb, who received five radio 
licenses within two weeks, was ac- 
cused of communistic association 
and activities. 

The investigation was ordered 
by Sen. Wallace H. White, Jr., (R.- 
Me.) chairman of the Senate In- 
terstate and Foreign Commerce 
Committee, and long associated 
with radio interests in government. 
The Committee is to make a re- 
port and give recommendations to 
the new 81st Congress. 

Washington spokesmen say the 
purpose of the probe is to leave 
a watchdog at the Commission dur- 
ing the campaign year. 

House committee disclosed that 
parade of witnesses to be heard 
tomorrow (Wed.) and Thursday will 
include FCC chairman Wayne Coy; 
(Continued on page 32) 



The Long Way Home 

Gag around NBC is how 
John Royal detoured his visit 
to the Argentine as a delegate 
to the Western Hemisphere 
Radio Conference into a 
23,000-mile junket. 

Here's how Royal eventually 
got to Buenos Aires and back 
to New York (he checked in at 
his office last week): First he 
went to Geneva (3,881 miles), 
then to Paris (268), then to 
Buenos Aires (7,553), then to 
Lisbon (6,361), then to Madrid 
(317), then to Rome (736), 
back to Lisbon (866), to the 
Azores (768), and then to New 
York (2,520). 



RCA s Radio-TV 
Boston'Pops'Show 

RCA, currently sponsoring the 

tobert Merrill -Russ Case NBC 
unday afternoon show, has blue- 
printed a whole new program deal 
for the winter and is throwing out 
the present format. On Dec. 5, 
RCA will preem a new Show fea- 
turing the Boston "Pops" Orches- 
tra, under direction of Arthur 
Fiedler, with Merrill to continue 
on the vocals. Oddly enough, the 
regular Boston Symphony is heard 
On ABC, with a 45-minute Tuesday 
night sustaining ride starting 
Oct. 5. 

RCA show is now heard at 2:30 
in the afternoon but plan is to 
move it into the 5:30 afternoon pe» 
riod, with a simultaneous TV pick- 
up which RCA also plans to bank- 
roll Company may also buy the 
preceding 5 to 5:30 time on video, 
too for a full hour TV showcase. 
New Boston "Pops"-Merrill show 
will be a J. Walter Thompson pro- 
duction, whereas the present pro- 
gram is an NBC-built feature. 



'Castanets' Royal 
Dances In From 
Foreign Junket 

John F. Royal, NBC's roving vee- 
pee, returned to New York last 
week from Spain and from what 
RCA and NBC boys describe as 
"Operation Castanets." Royal's 
visit to Madrid, the "next to clos- 
ing" spot in a 23,000-mile junket 
which also extended to Argentine, 
was linked to RCA's ambitious 
program to penetrate foreign coun- 
tries with its television and other 
equipment. 

In Madrid, Royal, on behalf of 
RCA's International Division, put 
on a television' demonstration for 
Premier Franco with a mobile jeep 
unit— the same type that was dem- 
onstrated in Rome last year. 

Success of the Madrid demons- 
tration was seen as given RCA an 
opening wedge looking to the time 
when Spain is ready to embrace 
video. As such RCA will be in 
competition with a flock of Euro- 
pean equipment manufacturers, 
particularly in , Holland, England 
and France. 

RCA's International Division 
from all accounts is projecting it- 
self as one of the vital operational 
arms, with out-of-the-country sales 
reportedly exceeding even the 
company's fondest expectations. 

UNITY NIXED ON FM 
CHANNEL REHEARING 

Washington, Aug. 3 
FCC on Monday (2), denied the 
petition of New York's Unity 
Broadcasting Co., to reopen the 
April hearings on allocation of 
FM channels in the New York-New 
Jersey area. Unity claimed chan- 
nel 282 put it at a severe com- 
petitive disadvantage. 

FCC said all FM assignments 
were substantially the same in the 
area, and refused to reopen hear- 
ings which involved 17 applicants. 



'10 GETS WHAT' 

The major networks are plung- 
ing into the political melee in an 
every-man-for-himself manner, with 
no united front on the question of 
equal time, and there's a growing 
feeling in some quarters that sev- 
eral of the webt are allowing them- 
selves to be pushed into a mathe- 
matical equation of the whole prob- 
lem which can develop endless 
"time to reply" demands. 

Emergence in this election year 
of a third major contender, the 
Progressives, has, of course, added 
to the overall time problem. But 
the thing that's dragged the nets 
into a brain-racking position is the 
contention of the Republicans, 
Wallaceites, et al, that President 
Truman's recent message to Con- 
gress was political. • And the Dem- 
ocrats' equally determined stand 
that it wasn't. 

On this score, the webs have 
gone off in all directions. Depart- 
ing from time-honored industry 
rules, ABC and NBC gave Republi- 
can spokesmen time to reply to 
Truman's message. This riled the 
Demos, bringing charges of "favor- 
itism" from John Redding, the 
party's publicity chief. He told 
Variety in Washington this week 
that complete satisfaction on this 
count was yet to be reached. 

NBC- has agreed to give equal 
time to Democratic speakers to an- 
swer the Repubs who, answered 
Truman, Redding said, but ABC 
has turned thumbs down. NBC and 
ABC both also gave time to Wal- 
laceites ( Henry Wallace himself in 
the case of NBC). 

CBS steered clear by holding 
Truman's message to be non-politi- 
cal, but announced the web would 
give time to "spokesmen" of other 
parties, other than the candidates 
themselves, to discuss the issues 
before the special session of Con- 
gress. 

•As We See Fit': Schechter 
Most independent of all, Abe 
Schechter, Mutual's news veepee, 
declared he'd give time to the vari- 
ous parties as he saw 'fit. "We're 
trying to be fair to everybody," he 
explained, "but I'm running this 
thing as any impartial editor would 
and we'll give them all time as 
they warrant it from a news stand- 
point." Mutual put several Con- 
gressmen, both Republican and 
Democratic, on the air following 
Truman's message, and has since 
given time to Rep. Vito Marcan- 
(Continued on page 32) 



Multiple Factors Seen MM Naming 
Young to ABC Board; Noble Getting 
Ready to Unload? Stock Sale Issue 



The Long Count 

In the face of ABC's bright 
picture on co-op payoffs, three 
more co-op shows are set to 
take the long count. Among 
these are the Robert L. Ripley 
cross-the-board daytimer on 
NBC, which fades on Sept. 10, 
with the network claiming that 
the response didn't warrant 
the show's costly outlay. (Rip- 
ley embarks in the fay on a 
tour of the Orient to build up 
a transcription film library for 
television. ) 

Also calling it quits as co-ops 
are the Dick Tracy late after- 
noon show on ABC and the 
same web's Boston Symphony " 
hour, which winds up Aug. 10 
and will revert back as a sus- 
tainer starting Oct. 5. 

Despite ABC's unimpressive 
co-oping of the Hub symph, a 
co-op deal is being talked up 
for the NBC Symphony. It 
hinges on Arturo Toscanini's 
willingness to go along. 



Lots of Sunday 
Time A-Begging 

There's a lot of commercial Sun- 
day afternoon time going begging 
on the major networks. It's par- 
ticularly applicable to CBS, where ; 
with the likely exception of the 
to 2:30 segment, there's a solid 
block of sustaining time clear 
through to 6 p.m. The 2 o'clock 
niche looks set for Longines. The 
3 to 4:30 permanent tenant is the 
New York Philharmonic. Whoever 
buys the time must also pick up 
the tab for the symphony. 

There's a full hour (5 to 6) in 
the "for sale" column on NBC 
now that "Ford Theatre" has vac- 
ated the spot in preference for a 
nighttime hour on CBS. The 2 to 
2:30 period is also vacant on NBC 
However, RCA may switch from 
2:30 to 5:30 in preeming its new 
show in December. 

ABC has a lot of commercial 
availability, too. With the excep- 
tion of the 4:30 "Metropolitan Au- 
ditions," the 5:30 "Counterspy" 
and a brace of 15-minute segments 
(Sam Pettingill and "Changing 
World"), the Sunday matinee 
stretch is strictly sustaining. 

Of all the nets, Mutual has prob- 
ably registered the strongest in 
the sale of Sunday afternoon time 
with its pulling card of "Juvenile 
Jury," "House of Mystery, The 
Shadow," the Helbros Watch show, 
etc., as a continuing sponsor lure. 



ABCs Local-Rate 
Policy on Co-ops 
As Sponsor Bait 

ABC's co-op shows are being 
repriced downward in a move 
which the web says will bring 
about an average saving of 20% to 
sponsors. New rate structure, ini- 
tiated thus^ far on four programs, 
is based on a percentage of the 
local station rate in place of a per- 
centage of the network rate (ex- 
cept for spot advertisers). 

Top stanza affected by the move 
is the Abbott & Costello show, 
which, at its former tag of 80% of 
the network rate, was the highest 
priced co-op on the market. New 
policy tabs it at 60% of the local 
rate. First A&C sale under the re- 
duced rate was made by WJZ, 
N. ^Y., to Cyl-Dent toothpaste, a 
new product, for 52 weeks start- 
ing Sept. 8. 

Other programs now under the 
new rate are "Town Meeting," "Mr. 
President" and "Gangbusters." Ad- 
ditional shows will be switched 
over as commitments to talent can 
be revised to permit the shifts. 
Basis for the estimate of a 20% 
saving under the new plan is that 
the 260-station network hourly 
rate amounts to $30,000, whereas 
the local rates total $24,000. 

Webbers said the local-rate 
policy was decided upon following 
a survey of affiliates. It'll mean 
less revenue for ABC, per sponsor, 
(Continued on page 32) 



f Speculation was rife in New 
York radio circles last week m to 
the possible motivations underly- 
ing the naming pf Owen D. Young 
to the board of directors of ABC 
network. For one thing, the trade 
was all too mindful of the timing, 
of the appointment to coincide with 
the current ABC stock issue on 
the market. It's the prevailing 
sentiment that by giving the di- 
rectorate facade such impressive 
trimming, it can't but help bolster 
the web's stock. 

As one of the founders of Radio 
Corp. of America, Young was re- 
sponsible for formulating many of 
the industry policies that still, pre- 
vail and, as the original RCA 
board chairmanT groomed David 
Sarnoff for the eventual takeover 
of the RCA dynasty. Thus the 
acquisition of a man of Young's 
stature, it's conceded, should un- 
questionably rest well in financial 
circles. .'•'■. • 

However, the top motivation in 
Young's appointment is regarded 
as the prelude to a bid on Ed 
Noble's part to unload ABC, some 
recalling that it was Young him- 
self who brought Sarnoff and 
Noble together at the time of the 
divorcement of the Blue skein 
from NBC. As such Young's tie-in 
is seen as a possible reprise of his- 
tory repeating itself. 

That Noble, who bought the 
network for $8,000,000, might find 
in Young the proper contact should 
he decide to dispose of ABC, thus 
hasn't been lost among some indus- 
try observers. Some quarter%hold 
that the network has blossomed 
financially to a degree, where, to- 
day, the original $8,000,000 -invest- 
ment has been parlayed into an 
$18,000,000 to $22,000,000 sales 
ticket. 

Still another .factor entering the 
realm of speculation is the identi- 
fication of Young with General 
Electric Co. as its honorary board 
chairman, and the report that ABC 
has ambitions toward copping the 
prize upstate WGY in Schnectady 
as an addition to its few 50,000- 
watt affiliates. 

Snaring WGY, with its vast 
blanket of coverage and similary 
attractive television facilities, 
would be the coup of the year and, 
although -currently on the NBC af- 
filiation books, the talk is that 
CBS also envisions it within the 
realm of possible capture. As 
some top industry observers see it. 
Young may be the link to maneu- 
ver the switchover to ABC. 



Master Defense Plan 
Evolved for Radio-TV 
In 



Washington, Aug. 3. 

Russell J. Hopley, director of 
the Civil Defense Planning Divi- 
sion of the Department of Defense, 
today (3) told Variety that a tenta- 
tive Master Plan in case of an 
emergency in the Capitol had 
reached Secretary James Forrestal. 

Hopley said it would be 60 to 
90 days before revisions were made 
and a complete and final plan, 
including communications, would 
be ready. He said Television, FM, 
AM and Facsimile were included 
in the report, and their place in 
the overall defense plan charted. 

Meanwhile on Capitol Hill, Rep. 
J. Percy Priest (D.-Tenn.), said he 
would like to introduce legislation 
to guarantee an emergency system 
of broadcasting from a specified 
point outside of Washington. 



Sindlinger's Free 
Radox on Gamble 

Al Sindlinger, latest entrant in 
the radio-television audience re- 
search field, who is currently pre- 
testing his qualitative-quantitative 
Radox rating technique in Phil- 
adelphia, has evolved an unusual 
price setup for clients. 

Sindlinger has established a 
$100 flat fee rate structure for 
broadcasters, sponsors, etc., using 
the Radox radar device, plus 1% 
of the station's commercial rate 
for a show. That's for the strictly 
quantitative aspects in arriving at 
an instantaneous rating. 

However, for a qualitative fol* 
lowup which will break down the 
various segments of a program to 
reveal its low and high spots, 
there's to be a 4% tab, depending 
on the cost of the show. 

In the case of sustainers, Sind- 
linger says he'll gamble on them. 
If he thinks a show has potential 
sales value, he'll Radox-it for free, 
but if and when a sale is wrapped 
up, he's down in the books for a 
4% rakeoff. 



24 



It AttMC* REVIEWS 



Wednesday, August 4, 1948 



I^APSIE MAXIE SHOW 

nSLiX?*^ S»senbloom, Patricia 
JffiSffif , Be ,tty Harris, Florence 
MacMichacI, Phil Leeds, Phil 
Kramer, . Bernie West, Norman 
Cloutier orch 

Writers: Floria Vestoff, Carl Jam- 
pel 

Director: Kenneth MacGregor 
30 Mins., Fri., 10 p.m. (EDT) 
Sustaining 

NBC, from New York 

Listening to tKe new "Slapsie 
Maxie Show" which preemed last i 
Friday night (30) as one of the I 
more ambitious NBC comedy ven- 
tures, recalls the days when the 
pix studios plunked down $200,000 
and more for a novel, then pro- 
ceeded to scrap everything but the 
title. 

The NBC programming boys 
have pacted the ex-boxing champ 
for this weekly series, called 
it the "Slapsie Maxie Show," 
and, in a reasonable approximation 
• of the Hollywood strategy, have 
jampacked the show with assorted 
stooges and secondary characters 
to" give it the required comedy lift. 
And it's this self-same strategy 
that got the program off to a flying 
start last week, for the quotient of 
ssanyisms, satirical barbs and down- 
right of unny business ran surpris- 
ingly high, not only in terms of 
summer doldrum programming, but 
as competing fare for the fall- 
winter semester. 

While the real-life situation com- 
edy of a pug trying to crash radio 
. is naturally patterned to the com- 
edic talents of Rosenbloom, how- 
ever dubious they are, it must have 
been fairly obvious to the show's 
developers that a minimum stress 
on the Slapsie technique would be 
all to the show's' favor. 

Thus the auxiliary business, the 
hilarious touches of an NBC eleva- 
tor operator, the network casting 
director, the lampooning of NBC 
parliamentary rules, with the mili- 
tary escort of a platoon of NBC 
page boys to escort the radio aspi- 
rant into the casting director's of- 
fice — all was funny business played 
to the hilt for laughs. And if too 
many cliches and old-familiar 
bromides crept into the Floria 
Vestoff-Carl Jampel scripting job, 
there were still enough attempts 
away from the old formulas and 
patterns to establish the show as 
something woFth playing along 
with. It has the makings of some- 
thing distinctively worth while. 

Patricia Bright, a familiar figure 
in the intimate N. Y. nitery jspots, 
has" tossed aside her song satiriza- 
tions and impersonations to play 
Slaps^'s girl friend, and she plays 
it well indeed. Florence Mac- 
Michael, Phil Leeds, Phil Kramer, 
Bernie. West and Bob Sherry play- 
ed their roles for maximum laughs. 
Since the show is aimed strictly 
- at nonsense, the misplaced "sus- 
taining commercial" at the midway 
mark comes-as something of a jolt 
to listeners. Even recognizing the 
worthiness of plugging CAKE 
packages to alleviate distress in 
Europe, it Wasn't surprising ' that 
the cut-in at one of the high com- 
edy moments threw a damper on 
the whole proceedings. Rose. 



PAUSE THAT REFRESHES 
With Percy Faith's orch; Jane Fro- 
man; Roger Pryor, host; Joe 
King, announcer 
Producer-director: Paul Louis 
30 Mins.; Sun., 6:30 p.m. 
COCA COLA 
CBS, from New York 
(D'Arcy) 
This 30-minute musical "pause" 
is refreshing, all right, in a num- 
ber of ways, not the least of which 
is the sponsor's use of the time. 
Dialers would be sheer ingrates if 
they didn't drink cokes after en- 
joying this almost plugless half- 
hour. Then there's the absence of 
ear-shattering studio applause and 
whistlin:? following each number, 
this demonstration of frenzied ap- 
proval being restricted to the 
windup. Then there's the absence 
of inane chatter between princi- 
pals to cue upcoming numbers, the 
intros being brief and intelligent. 
■Coupled with Percy Faith's top- 
notch .tunesmithing and Jane Fro- 
man's smooth song salesmanship, 
these factors make the coke stanza 
easily one of the listenable musical 
intervals on anybody's ether. 

Sunday's (1) edition of ''Pause" 
marked the return of Faith and 
Miss Froman, and it found them 
both in fine form. A hard-to-out 
class chirper in the musicomedy 
class, Miss Froman contributed 
her ricti, throaty piping to "Some- 
one to Watch Over Me," "It's 
<Magic" and "Steppin' Out With 
My Baby." Faith, who knows how 
to make bright use of all the in- 
struments under his baton,' cele- 
brated the occasion with numbers 
ranging from such, faves as "Lady 
Be Good" and "Moore Than You 
•Know" to a rhythmic, exciting cx- 
.tra, "Jungle Fantasy." It certainly 
can't be said that Faith misses any 
chance to make a musical splash. 
" . Whole , production is woven to- 
gether with melodic segues and 
marked by good taste, Doan. 



COMMUNISM— U. S. BRAND 
With Norman Rose, narrator; Joe 
Julian, Santos Ortega, Joe de 
Santis, Roger de Koven, Peter 
Capell, Somcr Alberg, Stuart 
Macintosh, Ed Jerome, Jerry 
Hausner, Kermlt Murdock, 
Grace Keddy, Alice Goodkln, 
Hazel Shermel; David Broek- 
man's orch 
Writer: Morton Wishengrad 
Director: Martin Andrews 
Producer: Robert Saudek 
60 Mins.; Mon. (2), 9 P.m. 
Sustaining 

ABC, from New York 

This, ABC's fifth major docu- 
mentary effort, was undertaken to 
"summarize the documented facts 
and present conclusions and recom- 
mendations to the American pub- 
lic " The stanza was introed with 
the statement: "The evidence will 
be ours; the conclusions will be 
yours." But before that, the 
presentation had already stated its 
thesis— quotation of the oath pur-, 
portedly taken by members of the 
U. S. Communist Party: ". .1 
pledge myself to rally the masses 
to defend the Soviet Union, the 
land of victorious Socialism. 1 
pledge myself to remain at all 
times a vigilant and firm defender 
of the Leninist Line of the Party, 
the only line that insures the tri- 
umph of Soviet Power in the 
United States" 

If any doubt existed in listeners' 
minds that the network was going 
to be assertive on the question at 
hand, it was thus immediately dis- 
pelled. Manifestly, the presenta- 
tion was an out-and-out damnation 
of Communist motives and manip- 
ulations, built upon documented 
"footnote" quotes and embellished 
with the dramatized tale of the ex- 
periences of a U. S. "comrade." 
The stanza declared that the U. S. 
party takes orders from Moscow, 
that the "party line" has been 
changed in the U. S. seven times 
since 1919, that in Communism "mo- 
rality is subordinated to the inter- 
est of the class struggle," that the 
U. S. party exacts "iron discipline" 
and unquestioning obedience to 
orders. Its dramatization depicted 
how the CP operates to. take over 
labor organizations and social and 
civic service movements. It as- 
serted at one point: "You can't 
trust a Communist. It's too 
damned bad, but that's how it is." 

It left listeners, of course, on the 
basis of the evidence it presented, 
with but one "conclusion:" It did 
not attempt to specify how to iden- 
tify "a Commie — except to indicate 
that he is one who will speak no 
evil of the Soviet Union and who 
declares any evil so spoken is "red 
baiting." It did not attempt to 
estimate how much of a hold Com- 
munists have in America, how 
many are in the government, 
armed forces, etc. It did not refer, 
even in passing,, to the recent in- 
dictments of top U. S. Communists. 
It did not refer to the fact — a 
strikingly timely coincidence, if 
that's what it was — that the Com- 
munist Party was holding its 1948 
convention in Madison Square 
Garden at the very moment the 
stanza was being aired! (In fact, 
ABC gave 15 minutes of time 
later the same evening to William 
Z. Foster's keynote address.) The 
stanza did not bother with a lot 
of figures and statistics or history 
Nor did it bother with « discourse 
on liberalism and its left-wingers 
and whether or not they are fel- 
low travelers. 

Rather, the presentation 
drummed away relentlessly on just 
one point, and attempted to prove 
it: that U. S. Communists are dis- 
loyal Americans, . under sworn 
fealty to a foreign power to over- 
throw the United States govern- 
ment and way of life. 

As a radio presentation, "Com- 
munism" was excellently produced, 
skillfully enacted, vigorously ex- 
ecuted. The musical scoring had 
power and fire. The narration 
was forceful. But above all, .the 
project was daring on ABC's part, 
tackling as it did, with no equivo- 
cation, the hottest potato on the 
market today.' It didn't pretend 
to state the Communists' answers 
to its charges; on the basis of the 
evidence presented, the producers 
apparently did not deem this neces- 
sary. 

From the standpoint of effective- 
ness, the program appeared to em- 
body at ieast two notable weak- 
nesses. It is debatable, perhaps, 
but nothing seemed to be gained 
by the windup in which the fic- 
tional CP worker was disclosed 
to have mysteriously disappeared 
— the victim, it implied, of a one- 
way ride, courtesy of his fellow 
conspirators. He had been de- 
picted as a faithful partyliner. It 
was a melodramatic climax which 
detracted from the credibility of 
the preceding sequences. 

Another and more important 
flaw — also open to debate — was the 
apparent inability of the program's 
researchers to uncover proof of 
the alleged party oath in a more 
recent party document than one 




HARRY SALTER 

MUSICAL DIRECTOR 
■ Stop the Music — ABC 
It Pays to Be Ignorant — CBS 
and in person 
"Stop the Music" 
Currently Capitol Theatre, N. Y. 



45 MINUTES ON BROADWAY 
With Danton Walker, Hy Gardner, 
guests; Arthur Van Horn, Ted 
Brown, announcers 
Producer: Van Horn 
45 Mins.; Sun. 10 p.m. 
Sustaining 
WOR, N.Y. 

With the airlanes already clut- 
tered with "celebrity" interviews 
and guestars, columnists Danton 
Walker and Hy Gardner brought 
out still another in the same vein, 
"45 Minutes on Broadway," Sun- 
day night (1) on WOR, N.Y. Ap- 
propriately enough, the first ses- 
sion originated at the Hotel Astor 
for which Gardner is publicist. 

Molded around an ad-lib format, 
the show trotted out an assorted 10 
guests whose appearances were fre- 
quently interrupted by sundry 
phone calls which the columnist re- 
ceived from the public. These were 
in response to an earlier observa- 
tion of the pair that they'd try to 
answer any phoned queries relating 
to show business. 



SWINGTIME AT THE SAVOY 
With Noble Sissle. emcee; Lucky 
Millinder, Hall Sisters, King 
Odum Quartet, Jackie (Moms) 
Pabley, Paul Breckehridge, Mil- 
ler and Lee; Ella Fitzgerald, 

guest « ■ 

Writers: Sissle, Langston Hughes 
Director: James Haupt 
30 Mins., Wed., 8 p.m. 
Sustaining 

NBC, from New York 

NBC originally scheduled an 
all-Negro minstrel show as the 
Wednesday night at 8 summer fil- 
ler while Dennis Day and Colgate 
take a hiatus. But when the Na- 
tional Assn. for Advancement of 
Colored People protested that a 
minstrel program would tend to 
perpetuate stereotypes, the web 
wisely revamped the all-Negro for- 
mat into a variety showcase. 

Result is this "Swinglime from 
the Savoy," designed to recapture 
the peculiar flavor and atmosphere 
of the Harlem spot with emphasis 
on the Savoy grads who have 
crashed the bigtime in the past 
decade or two. Ella Fitzgerald, tor 
example, was the guestar on- the 
initial presentation last Wednes- 
day (28). 

For all the production values 
given "Swingtime," last week's 
preem might just as well have 
been a remote pickup from the 
w k. hot spot. But the main short- 
coming was in "Swingtime's" fail- 
ure to establish itself as something 
distinctive for radio. Wiring the 
Savoy ballroom lor sound, which, 
to all intents and purposes is what 
it amounted to, gave forth some- 
thing that was loud, brash and 
practically all in one tempo. As a 
midsummer attraction, it only 
added to the discomfort. 

As for the accenting of stereo- 
types, the Miller and Lee comedy 
contrib was strictly out of the min- 
strel end men book, long since dis- 
carded. 

Noble Sissle emcees the show but 
he's far from an asset, relegating 
himself to merely bringing on the 
turns and handicapped by a none- 
too-clear diction. There was some 
uninhibited swing by Lucky Mil- 
linder's Savoy orch; a none-too- 
successful try at calypso singing by 
the Hall Sisters; a fine tenor solo 



NBC UNIVERSITY THEATRE 
With Norman Cousins, Vanessa 
Brown, Leon Ames, Lois Oor- 
bett, John Beal, Herb Lytton, 
Theodore Von Elte; Don Stanley, 
announcer 
Director: Andrew Love 
Scripter: Agnes Eckhardt 
GO Mins., Fri., 9 p.m. 
Sustaining 

NBC, from Hollywood 

, NBC's new "University Theatre," 
outgrowth of its longrun "World's 
Great Novels" series, has a broader 
scope and a much worthier purpose 
than the former. Series is a part 
of the web's new and commend- 
able college-by-radio idea. As such, 
it's subject to all the criteria and 
critical gaze of an important edu- 
cational experiment. Fact that it 
passes its tests satisfactorily (as 
judged by Friday's (30) opener), 
is quite a feather in NBC's cap. ■ 
Series is a special five-week span 
of hour-long dramas on the con- 
temporary U. S. literary scene, 
which is to be followed by a regu- 
lar half-hour "course" of programs 
starting Sept. 3 in the same spot. 
It's hoped the series will eventu- 
ally form the core of a course in 
literature for participants in the 
NBC college-by-radio project, with 
several U. S. colleges already join- .. 
ing in. 

Initial piece chosen for Friday's 
(30) dramatization was Sinclair 
Lewis' 1921 prize novel, "Main . 
Street." (Hemingway's "A Farewell 
to- Arms," Dos Passos' "Number 
One," are among others to follow). 
The novel, under Agnes Eckhardt's 
smooth radio adaptation, had an 
excellent -dramatization, equalled 
by the performances of a group of 
Hollywood screen players. The, 
dramatization had the feel, the 
flavor of the book, so that the pro- 
gram flowed smoothly for a full 
hour, without any dull spots. Con- 
sistently good music bridges by- 
Henry Russell's orchestra, connect-, 
ing the brief narrative flashes, gave, 
them emphasis and point. • 

Lewis' novel, written 27 years 
ago, still has pertinence and bite, - 
as a satire on the U. S. small town 
and its petty bourgeois mentality. 
The program captured that bite as 
it revived the feel and spirit (and 
yes, some of the corn) of the small; 
town saga. Vanessa Brown gave an 
excellent performance as the St. 
Paul girl transplanted as a doctor's 
wife in tiny Gopher Prairie. Minn. ' 



In masterminding the - layout, | by Paul Breckenridge; a feeble at- i and finding herself unable to cope 



Walker's delivery often bordered 
on the pompous while partner 
Gardner affected a glib, flip de- 
meanor. Obviously a show of this 
type must work in a few gratis 
plugs, but why go overboard on it? 
Walker virtually opened the stanza 
with a puff for "Beyond Glory" 
which opens at the Paramount, 
N.Y. today (Wed). 

Later the Par received another 
boost via Jo Stafford's brief stint. 
Singer closed a p.a. at the theatre 
yesterday (Tues.). The Astor, of 
course, was whole hog what with 
the intrd of a honeymooning couple 
from Philadelphia who related the 
contents of a prize-winning letter 
that won them a free trip to New 
York and a room at the Astor. 
Bandleader Dick Jurgens, who's at 
the hostelry's roof, was another ful- 
crum for more encomiums. 

Among others who guested were 
mimic Dean Murphy, songstress 
Lisa Kirk, a campaign button man- 
ufacturer, a milliner; the Costello 
Twins, dancers, and comic Herb 
Shriner. Phone calls were pretty 
inane. Samples: — Why is Dean 
Murphy stopping at the Warwick? 
whereabouts of Betty Garrett, Dean 
Martin, etc. Calls could be more 
carefully culled to oiler questions 
of wider interest to the public at 
large. Celebs themselves had little 
to say and the inept prodding of 
the columnists failed to improve 
the situation. 

Show originally bore the tag of 
"Night Life in New York" then 
shifted to its present one. Mean- 
while, there's a possibility that the 
"45 Minute" label might be 
changed if it becomes an hour's 
length. In that event it'll become 
Nitecaps on Broadway." Point of 
origination is also due to be moved 
around to such, spots as the Wal- 
dorf-Astoria, Toots Shor's and the 
Latin Quarter. Gilb. 



tempt to emulate the late Bert Wit 
liams by Jackie (Moms) Pabley, 
and a fairly diverting rendition in 
the spiritual idiom by the King 
Odum Quartet. 

Granted that NBC rates a bow 
for this all-Negro showcasing the 
fact remains that the ensemble 
wasn't properly showcased for ra- 
dio. Rose. 



with the petty gossip and outlook 
of her nosy neighbors. Leon Ames , 
was well cast in the role of the 
stodgy, obtuse doctor. Subordinate, 
parts were well handled and pro- 
duction details were okay. Norman" 
Cousins, Saturday Review of Lit-, 
erature editor, speaking at intcr-_ 
mission from New York, paid trib- 
ute to the 1920's in commenting on. 
the Lewis book. ' Bron. 



dated 1935 ("The Communist Party, 



a Manual on Organization, by ,T. 
Peters, published by the Workers 
Library Publishers in July, 1935 
. . . pages 104 and 105). For if in- 
deed U. S. Communists take this 
oath, the issue is clear-cut and, 
for Americans, has but one side. 
But if it cannot be proven that this 
oath is actually administered to all 
U. S. Communist Party members, 
the whole question is still open to 
debate and the primary premise of 
"Communism," as well as its fair- 
ness on the subject, is seriously 
weakened. 

In a word, ABC made a strong, 
but possibly ,not watertight, case 
for the prosecution. The defense 
isn't apt to be heard from. 

Donn. 



CLUB 15 

Bob Crosby, Margaret Whiting, 
Modernaires, Jerry Gray Orch, 
Del Sharbutt 
Producer: Murray Bolen 
Writers: Carroll Carroll, David 

Grcggory 
15 Mins., Mon-Fri., 7:30 p.m. 
CAMPBELL SOUPS 
CBS, from Hollywood 

(Ward Wlieclock) 
Given the type of dialog Bing 
Crosby uses, there's little discern 
ible difference between the Groan- 
er and his younger brother Bob, 
the permanent conferencier on 
CBS' "Club 15" program. It's no 
coincidence that the boys sound 
alike inasmuch as Carroll Carroll, 
who used to write the Kraft Music 
Hall dialog and who was a major 
factor in establishing the elder 
Crosby's easy-going characteriza- 
tion, is doing a similar chore for 
Bob Crosby. 

The Carroll-Crosby embroidery 
on a program with excellent all- 
around staples results in an affable 
and entirely pleasant 15-Tninute 
turn. Margaret Whiting, who 
regularly alternates on the show 
with the Andrews Sisters, now in 
England, again proves herself an 
entirely acceptable thrush who's 
equally at home with dialog as 
with her tunes. She's a top singer, 
having made a terrific splash some 
years ago with a series of click 
recordings and is continuing that 
pace with her current "Tree in the 
Meadow" (delivered on the preem 
session). The other musical in- 
gredients, Jerry Gray's band and 
the Modernaires, similarly give ex- 
cellent accounts of themselves. 
Crosby's singing contribs are simi- 
larly of top cut, and Del Sharbutt 
keeps the Campbell soup commer- 
cials at acceptable, length for a 
quarter-hour show. 
With the Andrews Sisters away 



EDWARD R. MURROW 

15 Mins.. Mon.-thru-Fri., 7:45 p.m. 

CAMPBELL SOUP 

CBS, from New York 

(Word WheelocJc) 
Edward R. Murrow was back on 
the. air Monday (2), after an eight- 
week leave of absence, to resume 
his nightly series of news and. 
analyses. He had had a vacation, in- 
terrupted by coverage of the con- 
ventions and a speech to the 
U. S.'s 48 governors, and he in- 
jected a personal touch into his 
opening session's talk by comment- 
ing on these items. The' trip bad 
also brought a clearer view of our 
land and its problems, he added. 

The news the first 10 minutes 
was couched in his cool, even 
speech and quiet, authoritative 
«tyle, as it briefly touched on the 
day's highlights— the Stalin meet- 
ing with foreign diplomats; Con- 
gress; the Budenz testimony; Olym- 
pic Games. It was good, capsule 
news. But analysis was lacking, 
the significance or interpretation 
of this news which means so much 
to the hurried, harried listener 
avid for some clarity out of the. 
news' mazes. Murrow might have 
done a bit of that, but forbore. 

Bron. • 



JOHN KIERAN 
With Nelson Case, announcer 
15 Mins.; Mon.-thru-Fri., 6:45 
PROCTER & GAMBLE 
CBS, from New York 
( Compton ) 
Lowell Thomas has gone on va- 
cation, his second in 18 years, ana 
John Kieran has been unaceoiuit- 
ably singled out by P&G to do the 
fillin stint. It amounts? simply to a 
case of miscasting. Kieran is exact- 
ly as much , at home in Thomas 
role as the newscaster would be in 

Intor- 



, Kieran's longtime spot in 
for the better part of the summer, hmation Please." Apparently ,J" 

the show has lined up a series of sponsor and agency' had an Me ° 

top warblers including Doris Day, 'hat Kieran would supply a breezy 

Evelyn Knight, Helen Forrest, summertime fillip on the stanza. 

Marion Hutton and Dorothy Shay. But he'd have to be cut ttee itim 

When the trio gets back, they'll be straight newscasting and allowcu 



on the program Monday's, Wednes- 
days and Fridays and Miss Whiting 
will alternate on Tuesdays anu 
Thursdays. Jose. 



lo go his own whimsical way to 
click at all. „, _ 

As it is, judging by last lues- 
(Continued on page 32) 



Wednesday, Augm! 4, 1948 



TELBV1S1»M 25 



TIME-LIFE PREPS 'PROJECT X' 



TY a Blue Chip Game, 'And Don't 
Play It Too Close to Vest': Strotz 



Hollywood, Aug. 3. ♦ 
''Those. brave souls who are get- 
ling into television face terrific 
losses for the first few years and 
those who say they are making 
money now are only kidding them- 
selves. It's strictly a blue chip 
game and you can't play it close 
to the vest. 

Sidney N. Strotz, NBC's chief of 
tele, who is passing two months 
here on his N. Y.-to-Hollywood 
shuttle, sounded this note of pes- 
simism in his rundown at a press 
conference yesterday. 

Sure there are a few that think 
they are making a profit," added 
Strotz. "but wait until they write 
off depreciation and obsolescence 
of equipment. Nobody even 
breaking even yet and the period 
of growing pains will last for two 
or three years." 

Only cheerful note injected into 
his summation of tele's progress 
■ to date was the quality of film be- 
ing used and the interest in video 
by sponsors. An order was coming 
through, he said, from Cluett- 
Peabody for national sponsorship 
of the Jerry Fairbanks "Public 
Prosecutor" series, which he com- 
pleted exclusively for NBC. 

Bottlenecks and obsolescence 
were the major problems facing 
television, he said. Tubes and 
cameras are not being turned out 
fast enough and the cameras or- 
dered by NBC for Hollywood will 
be obsolescent in six months, he 
said. Transcontinental connected 
tele by 1953 is dependent on the 
ability to buy transmission equip- 
ment after -facilities are estab- 
lished. Under the present sched- 
ule for use of coaxial cable be- 
tween New York and Chicago it 
will allow' for only two hours of 
programming a week by NBC. Un- 
less the telephone company adds 
new loops there'll be a bottleneck 
there, too, said Strotz. 

There is no market at present 
for films that cost over $10,000, he 
declared, and the only way spon- 
sors can come out is to use them 
four limes over a period of two 
years. He said that NBC in the 
east will be sold out of night time 
periods by October. Looking to 
. the future, he said that there won't 
be more than 8,000,000 receiving 
sets in use 10 years from now as 
against the 62,000,000 radio sets 
now owned. NBC's tele station in 
Hollywood won't be on the air until 
Dec. 1, he said, because of in- 
ability to get equipment and lack 
of trained personnel. 



KTTV Ready in Fall 

Hollywood, Aug. 3. 
CBS will have its television 
building on Mount Wilson com- 
pleted during the third week in 
August. 

Site is expected to be completely 
equipped 30 days later, and the 
station, KTTV, hopes to be throw- 
ing out a test pattern by October. 





TD's TV Audition 
For Coca-Cola 

Tommy Dorsey's orchestra may 
become the first name band to do 
a sponsored television show. Dor- 
sey made an audition film last 
week for Coca-Cola, at the instiga- 
tion of Music Corp. of America, 
using his band as the nucleus, of a 
professional-amateur artists contest 
idea. He used three selected acts 
in the audition and if the show 
does hit the ether the idea calls for 
audiences to name the winning con- 
testant. 

During recent months, Dorsey 
has been doing considerable re- 
search into possible uses of name 
bands by video. He feels that 
several years ago, when Hollywood 
was making extensive use of the 
marquee power of name maestros, 
both the latter and film producers 
failed in evolving methods of get- 
ting the most out of what they had. 
As a result, he's foremost among 
name maestros in wrestling video 
ideas. 



7 Tele Station 
Permits Granted 



Washington, Aug. 3. 
Last week the FCC gave con- 
struction permits for seven new 
television stations, the largest 
number of grants in several 
months. 

New stations have been given to 
Radio Service Corp. of Utah, Salt 
Lake City, channel 5; WSAZ, 
Huntington, W. Va., channel 5; 
W.IIM, Lansing, Mich., channel 6; 
Peoria Broadcasting Co., Peoria, 
channel 6; Fetzer Broadcasting Co.. 
Kalamazoo, Mich., channel 3: 
WSM. Inc., Nashville, channel 4; 
and Leonard A. Verslius, Grand 
Rapids. Mich., channel 7. Lowest 
cost estimate for construction was 
Verslius for $141,175, and highest 
was WSM for $365,155. 

Minnesota Broadcasting Corp., 
of Minneapolis, was given 90 days 
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'Gay 90Y on ABC-TV 

ABC-TV has signed oh a "Gay 
Nineties Revue" emeeed by Joe 
Howard for eastern-web airing. 
Deal was set through Tel-Air As- 
sociates. Seymour Kaplan and Mort 
Singer. 

Half-hour variety show with such 
latent as Marilyn Day and the Elm 
City Four is tentatively slated for 
teeoff. during the week of Aug. 15. 



'Stop the Music' Now 
Looks Headed for Fall 
Bow on ABC Tele Web 

ABC is currently working with 
the Lou Cowan office and other 
principals on plans for a fall preem 

of "Stop the Music" on WJZ-TV, 
N. Y., and other eastern tele out- 
lets. 

Idea will be to build an evenings 
programming around the stanza, 
much as has been done Sunday 
nights on the AM version. Video 
edition can't be simultaneous, how- 
ever, because of the phone gim- 
mick. TV "Music" will play its 
guessing game solely with tele set 
owners in the areas reached by 
the telecast. 

Web will offer the stanza for 
sponsorship in quarter hours, as 
in AM. 

Fact that fans -are swarming to 
see the show in its current stage 
engagement at the Capitol, N. Y., 
helped convince the producers that 
their package has strong visual 
appeal. TV, of course, will give 
the stanza the opportunity of actu- 
ally showing, rather than just 
telling dialers the arrays of booty 
offered. 

Chances of copping some of the 
prizes will be greatly increased on 
tele, the number of potential win- 
ners being so much fewer than- on 

AM. 

463943TV SETS 

SINCE WAR'S END 

Washington, Aug. 3. 

Radio Manufacturers ' Ass'n. an- 
nounced that total TV set output 
by RMA members since the war 
was 463.943. June, which hit a 
peak, produced 64,353 sets. 

RMA members turned out 100,- 
000 more tele receivers during the 
first half of 1948 than they did dur- 
ing the entire year of 1947. 

Radio receiver production in 
June continued at a seasonal low 
level with a total of 1,049,517, of 
which 90,414 were FM-AM sets 
RMA manufacturers produced 695,- 
313 FM-AM sets during the first 
half of 1948 as against 445,563 in 
the same period of 1947. However, 
during the second quarter produc- 
tion fell 41 r ;. below the first 
quarter total. 



mem Fiir 



The widely - endorsed tieup of 
NBC and Life magazine for tele- 
vision coverage of the recent 
Republican and Democratic con- 
ventions paved the way for future 
joint undertakings in TV by these 
two bigtimers. It very likely also 
launched a new "Project X" in the 
Henry Luce publication empire to 
evolve a suitable format in pic- 
torial journalism - via - video for 
Time-Life bankrolling. 

For there's no doubt that the 
two - convention project sparked 
enthusiasm for the new medium at 
high levels in the Luce organiza- 
tion: Life publisher Andrew Heis- 
kell, who personally ran the mag's 
side of the two shows from Phila- 
delphia, is openly excited about the 
vast potentialities of tele in visual 
journalism. Luce himself is re- 
ported keenly anxious to jump in- 
to the field. And it's said that he 
has a cool $15,000,000 ready to 
clunk in, if the right blueprint is 
turned up. 

Bui if their experiences on the 
two conventions gave them any 
definite ideas, the Luce toppers are 
being pleasantly mum about them. 
Heiskell, for one, admitted last 
week that "everybody has been 
coming around with ideas for tele- 
vision — and some of them good, 
too." But he denied flatly that any- 
thing definite was in the works, 
beyond the expectation that Life 
would again team up with NBC 
sometime this fall for some special 
TV coverage of the election cam- 
paigns. 

Heiskell said he and his wife 
were shoving off Monday (2) for 
Sweden for a month's vacation and 
that he would talk over a new pro- 
ject with NBC as soon as possible 
following his return. 

This week, however, the editors 
of Time and Life were already set 
for another tie-in with NBC-TV. 
They bought exclusive U. S. tele 
rights to films of the Olympics 
from United World Films and will 
present them in five-minute stanzas 
on NBC starting Friday (6). Reels 
will be 10 minutes in length, with 
(Continued on page 28) 



WW J-TVs Own Sports Arena To 
Insure Plenty Detroit Tele Activity 



Motual's 'Song' on TV 

Hollywood, Aug. 3. 

"What's The Name of That 
Song?'" Mutual-Don Lee program 
will become a regular Don Lee tel- 
evision feature, starting Aug. 7. 
Program has been on Mutual for 
the past five years. 

Teleshow will be produced sep- 
arately from the KHJ net shows. 
Carleton Winckler will produce, 
Bill Gwinn, in c. and Bob Bence, 
announce. Show is audience partic- 
ipation. 



WLWTs Bigtime 
Program Pattern 

Cincinnati, Aug. 3. 

Widening of WLWT's program 
slate, recently inaugurated, in- 
cludes the addition of new shows, 
televising of several WLW pro- 
grams while they are being broad- 
cast on that Crosley 50.000 .watter, 
regular use of live music from 
three-piece combos up to full 
orchestras, and consolidation of 
afternoon programming. 

Among the pickups of WLW 
shows by the video station are the 
Thursday night "Builders of Des- 
tiny" 30-minute dramatic episodes 
and the Friday night 15-minute 
programs featuring Nancy Wright, 
warbler, with Jimmy Wilbur's orch. 

One of the new shows "Sweater 
Swing," is an informal concoction 
for teenagers with modern dance 
steps by instructors from the local 
Fred Astaire school to music by 
Wilbur's band. 

Stepping up schedule of James 
D. Shouse, head man of the Cros- 
ley Broadcasting Corp., calls for 
early inclusion of Saturday night 
televising of hoedowns by estab- 
lished favorites among WLW's 
troupe of hillbilly entertainers. 

'JOHN LOVES MARY' 
LOVES TELE SPOTS 

Chicago. Aug. 3. 

"John Loves Mary," currently at 
the Harris, makes the first legit 
show in Chicago to buy time in 
video. It's contracted for 12 spots 
daily for the next six weeks with 
WBKB, Balaban & Katz outlet. 

Straight commercial copy w ill be 
used. 



Miami's TV Nix 
In 1st Revocation 



Washington, Aug. 3. 
In the first television revocation 
proceeding, the Federal Communi- 
cations Commission last week sus- 
pended the construction permit of 
the Southern Radio and Television 
Equipment Co., for tele station 
WTVJ in Miami. 

FCC revoked the cp as of Aug. 
30, allowing written application, on 
or before Aug. 20, for a hearing. 

WTVJ had been granted channel 
4 at Miami on the basis of repre- 
sentations made by the applicant. 
FCC found that the three stock- 
holders who had agreed to provide 
a total bank balance of $214,000. 
hadf in reality no such money in 
the bank. The stockholders de- 
posited no such checks after the 
grant; one of the stockholders with- 
drew May, 1947, taking with him 
his checks for $213,660; another 
stockholder relinquished his con- 
trol to Wolfson-Meyer Theater 
Enterprises; and despite the above 
changes in financing and control, 
the company sent a statement to 
FCC on July 6, 1948, claiming the 
same ownership and financing as at 
the time of the original applica- 
tion, FCC stated. 

Mitchell Wolfson and Sidney 
Meyer are principal directors and 
stockholders of Wolfson- Meyer 
Theatre Enterprises of Miami. In 
an AM case which the FCC desig- 
nated for hearing this week, Lin- 
coln Operating Co. requested con- 
sent to assign cp of WMIE from 
Lincoln to Sun Coast Broadcasting 
Corp. Wolfson and Meyer are ex- 
ecutives of both companies. 



Detroit, Aug. 3. 

What has been a common conjee* 
ture in the tele trade may within 
the coming year become a reality 
here. Harry Bannister, head of the 
Detroit News' radio-tele interests, 
is preparing for submission to his 
board of directors plans for the 
construction of a sports arena 
which would be operated as an 
adjunct of the. newspaper's WWJ- 
TV. * 

Bannister's proposed project 
would put into form a prediction 
which has been frequently voiced ' 
in the trade that TV operators to ' 
insure themselves, a consistent flow 
of sports material, would eventual- " 
ly go into the business of promot- 
ing such events. Bannister sees - 
such an arena serving a twofold 
purpose as far as WWJ-TV is con- 
cerned. It would not only guaran- 
tee the station a regular schedule 
of boxing and wrestling events 
available for sponsorship but pro- 
vide a properly equipped ' audi- 
torium which could be offered to 
civic and other organizations for 
the staging of larger spectacles and . 
of which the station would have 
the telecasting privileges. 

The undertaking would be treat- 
ed strictly as a self-protective de- 
vice. The station is not concerned 
with making a profit from the 
arena operation, and if it does turn 
out that way it will be because 
the potency of the tele tieup 
proved greater than had been anr 
ticipated. 

As for the location of the arcva, 
it happens that the station would 
not be under the necessity of scout- 
ing around for a plot. It owns a , 
spacious parcel -right next to the 
WWJ studio and office building,, 
with most of that plot now being 
used for auto parking and the re- 
mainder containing an old biacfc 
structure. 



Wrigley Gums Up Deal 
For Autry's TV Plugging 
Of Rival Leaf Product 

Chicago, Aug. 3. 

Plans to pin Leaf Gum's label on 
a Gene Autry serial produced by 
Mascot Films in 1934 were hastily 
scuttled last week after beefs by 
Ruthrauff & Ryan and its client, 
Wrigley Gum, which sponsors 
Autry's CBS series. Autry film, 
offered for tele bankrolling by 
WBKB, was set for testing under 
Leaf sponsorship as a 12-time 15- 
minute show. 

R&R execs informed WBKB that 
Autry, via phone from Hollywood 
had threatened suit if the film hit 
tele screens. WBKB promptly 
dodged legalistics and agreed to 
separate Autry from Leaf. Station 
enjoys free tele rights to home 
games of the Chicago Cubs, owned 
by Phil Wrigley of Wrigley chicle. 

Leaf Gum, through Turner Ad- 
vertising, currently is eyeing a 
Tom Mix serial as a sub for the 
Autry opus. . If okayed and found 
effective with local viewers. Leaf 
will use the film in other markets. 



Guild Show s Spot 
NBC's Problem 

The Philco-sponsored 60-minute 
Actors Equity television dramatic 
show is set for an Oct. 3 preem on 
NBC-TV, occupying the 9 to 10 
Sunday night segment. Equity is 
currently working out the exact 
format which will likely embrace 
revival of top Broadway shows and 
current hits. 

Meanwhile, the question of 
where the Theatre Guild tele show 
will go poses a problem for the 
network. Obviously, NBC will 
yank it out of the Sunday night 
8 to 9 spot to avoid two successive 
hours of legit dramatic fare, even 
though the Guild was a once- 
monthly TV showcase. 

Guild, on the other hand, defi- 
nitely wants to continue with the 
program. Best guess is that it will 
stay on -NBC facilities, but switch 
to another evening. 



GAC Integrates Radio, TV 

Radio and television departments 
of General Artists Corp. were com- 
bined last week under John Mulvi- 
hill, who came in from GAC's of- 
fice to head the setup. 

Previously, tele activities were 
handled by Jack Philbin, GAC 
veepee in charge of talent. 



DuMont's Price Schedule 
On Teletranscriptions 

DuMont this week announced a 
complete Teletranscription price 
schedule for ad agencies, adver- 
tisers and other "clients, a feature 
of which is a clause Offering Du- 
Mont TV network sponsors, free of 
charge, one Teletranscription for 
each three affiliated stations se- 
lected to carry a program. 

Exclusive DuMont. processed film 
may be used ( 1. ) for networking of 
live shows, (2) for reference or 
file purposes on live shows, (3) 
for closed circuit showings to pros- 
pective sponsors, sales groups, etc., 
or ( 4 ) for minute commercials for 
future telecasts. Charge, for in- 
stance, for each additional print 
of a 30-minute film (after the free 
one for each three affiliated out- 
lets) will be $30. This film re- 
turns to DuMont after use. Cost of 
a similar film for file or ref pur- 
poses will be $240^ 



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TELEVISION 



ABC Sets Bigtime Teeoff Splash 
For WJZ-TV; Reprise Palace Vaude 



Wednesday, August 4, 1948 



ABC's . all-01% splurge for the* 
teeoff of WJZ-TV, N. Y., next 
Tuesday night (10) is shaping into 
a full-fashioned flashback to old 
Palace vaude days. Coupled with 
a showcasing of ABC's top radio 
stars and a timely tieup with New 
York City's Golden Jubilee cele- 
bration, it'll be a three-way inaug- 
ural splash with promise of coming 
off as the most spectacular TV sta- 
tion takeoff to date. 

The web isn't sparing the dollars 
In its effort to make the three- 
hour-plus affair as impressive as 
possible. Item as proof: Bing 
Crosby was offered $10,000 to sing 
one song. (As of yesterday (Tues.) 
he hadn't accepted.) Walter Win-- 
chell" was still being sought yes- 
terday to make this the occasion 
of his . video debut. Ray Bolger 
has- beert ticketed to emcee the 
•Palace reprise of vaude heydays. 
Others definitely billed included 
James Barton, Beatrice Lillie, Ella 
Logan, Pat Rooney, Sr., and Paul 
Whiteman. George Jessel and 
Jimmy Durante also were ap- 
proached, but couldn't make it. 

Whole show, hitting the air at 7 
p.m., will be carried by ABC's out- 
lets in Boston, Philadelphia, Balti- 
more and Washington as well as 
WJZ-TV. To do the round of stu- 
dio and remote pickups, web will 
use a total of 11 cameras and two 
mobile units. N. Y. station will 
take to the TV ether with more 
than $500,000 in commercial com- 
mitments. Opening night, how- 
ever, will be entirely plugless. 

Show from the old Palace stage, 
before an invited audience of biz 
and industrial and civic figures, 
vaude, film and radio personalities, 
is being assembled by ABC pro- 
gramming department's Larry 
Puck. Here's how it shaped up 
this week: 

9 p.m. — Carlton Emmy's Mad 
Wags (dog act); Buck & Bubbles 
(patter and softshoe); Ella Logan 
(songs); James Barton ("Annabelle 
(Continued on page 30) 



KFI-TV BOWS AUG. 25 
WITH FOOTBALL REMOTE 

Hollywood, Aug. 3. 

KFI-TV will be on the air this 
week over channel nine with pro- 
gram tests. Tele station will start 
broadcasting regularly with re- 
motes of the Los Angeles Rams 
football games sponsored by Union 
Oil of California. First tilt will be 
televised on Aug. 25. 

KFI's program tests to go on this 
week will be of the Los Angeles 
baseball games at Wrigley field. 
Games, up to this time, have been 
broadcast exclusively by Para- 
mount's KTLA but station does not 
have the exclusive rights to games 
according to KFI. Earle C. Anthony 
station has had an arrangement 
with Wrigley Field to pick up the 
games for televising when they 
found themselves ready. Station 
has been running a series of closed 
circuits tests now to break in a 
green camera crew. 



'Swarthout Music Room' 
Primed at TV-Pic Series 

Washington, Aug. 3. 

Gladys Swarthout and her hus- 
band, Frank Chapman, have formed 
a company to produce 13 15-minute 
shorts on film for television. To be 
called "Gladys Swarthout Music 
Room," format calls for' guest 
singers and musicians, keynote is 
informality, Chapman said. 

Miss Swarthout sang at the final 
summer concert of the National 
Symphony Friday (30). This was 
her third appearance in Washing- 
ton in the past six months. Concert 
was a sellout. 

The new company has bought a 
modern studio at Newtown, Conn., 
where the films will be produced. 
If -successful, plans are to make 
tele films featuring other artists. 



Dannenbaum to WPTZ 
As Comm'I Manager 

Philadelphia, Aug. 3. 
Alexander Dannenbaum, Jr., has 
left his post as commercial man- 
ager of WPEN to join Philco's tele- 
vision station WPTZ, in a similar 
capacity. Dannenbaum succeeds 
James D. McClain, who has been 
moved to Philco's national opera- 
tions in charge of microwave and 
communications radio relay equip- 
ment. 

Although only 36 years old, Dan- 
nenbaum is a veteran in Philly 
radio. 

ABC Sets 1st 
Videomentary 

ABC, even before any of its own 
television stations are on the air, 
disclosed plans yesterday (Tues.) 
to air the first documentary in TV 
history. It'll be an examination of 
the European Recovery Program, 
titled "The Marshall Plan: A First 
Report." Date will be sometime 
this fall. 

Robert Saudek, ABC public af- 
fairs veepee, announced that ma- 
terial for ihe stanza will be gath- 
ered in South and North America 
as well as in Europe. The produc- 
tion will combine live pickups 
from N. Y. and Washington with 
specially prepared films shot in 
cooperation with the International 
Film Foundation. European seg- 
ments of the films already are be- 
ing shot by a crew headed by 
Julien Bryan, author-lecturer and 
executive director of IFF. 



Television Reviews j 



HUB'S INTRO TO TV NAGS 

Boston, Aug. 3. 

WBZ-TV, Hub's Westinghouse 
station became the first in this area 
to televise horse racing, picking up 
the fifth and sixth races at nearby 
Suffolk Downs, Thursday (29).. 

While no definite schedule for 
televising racing cards will be fol- 
lowed, stunt was so successful other 
races will be telecast as station 
time permits. 



MOVIELAND QUIZ 

With Patricia Bright, Arthur Q. 

Bryan 
Producer: Lester Lewis 
Director: Ralph Warren 
30 mins.; Sun., 8 p.m. , 
Sustaining 

ABC-TV, from Philly 

With the quiz shows the thing 
in radio, it was to be expected that 
video would follow suit. "Movie- 
land Quiz," new ABC-TV net sus- 
tained which is being pumped 
from the. Phila. studios of WFIL- 
TV, is a mildly amusing 'guess 
who" deal, featuring Patricia 
Bright and the veteran Arthur Q. 
Bryan. 

This newest of brainteasers is 
strictly for the pic fans. . The set 
depicts a film theatre front, with 
Bryan acting as emcee and Miss 
Blight serving as a combinaUon 
receptionist and cashier. The 
cameras dolly up to a frame hold- 
ing still shots of the pic selected. 
Contestants are brought up and 
asked to identify the stars in the 
picture and the film, for cash 
prizes. 

Audience participation is solicit- 
ed with a catch-all series of stills, 
representing pics through the 
years. Viewers are asked to iden- 
tify the five films shown and then 
send in a brief letter stating which 
of the pics they would want to see 
revived— and why. The jackpot 
award for this effort is $25, plus 
the dollars from contestants who 
miss questions. Last Sunday's (1) 
jackpot totalled all of $29. 

Chief complaint against the pro- 
gram is the too broad help, which 
emcee Bryan gave both the studio 
contestants and the air spectators. 
Most glaring example was a still 
showing William Holden and Lee 

89bb In a scene from Clifford 
dets "Golden Boy." Bryan cued 
this one by stating: "This boy 
missed his golden opportunity." 

The over-simplifying of the 
questions led only to the conclusion 
that the show was trying to milk 
listeners for letters. The jackpot 
prize, however, was too small to 
compete with the radio Golcondas. 
Contestants, who can win $5, were 
practically shoved into the correct 
answers. 

Idea has something for possible 



film backing. Columbia product 
was displayed exclusively at Sun- 
day's show, and the studio con- 
testants, in addition to making 
themselves $5, also got two tickets 
to "The Fuller Brush Man," at the 
Earle — also a Columbia item. 

Gogh. 

REEL ASiD RIFLE 
With Stan Smith, guests 
Writer-producer: Smith 
30 Mins.; Thurs., 8 p.m. 
Sustaining 
WPIX. N. Y. ' 

This show is strictly for the out- 
door enthusiasts. Fishermen who 
drool at the drop of a halibut will 
undoubtedly get a kick out of this 
show. But for others, including 
this reviewer, subtitles to explain 
the lingo on this program are sore- 
ly needed. Highly specialized 
items are certainly in order on 
video, but it speaks volumes for 
TV's programming difficulties 
when such shows have to be pre- 
sented in a cream Thursday eve- 
ning time spot. It's like having 
the Daily News give front page dis- 
play to its "reel and rifle" column. 

Stan Smith conducts the prr- 
ceedings without giving an inch to 
the outdoor unsophisticates. To- 
gether with a panel of experts, 
Smith ranges over such matters as 
the latest, rig for fishing and other 
technical sports data. Most inter- 
esting item for the layman on the 
last stanza (29) was a short film 
about a tuna expedition. The film, 
however, was only fair. Within his 
sphere, Smith registers as an au- 
thentic character who could prob- 
ably tackle a bear with as much 
nonchalance as his conduct before 
the video cameras. Herm. 



BOB HOWARD 
Director: Bob Stevens 
1$ Mins., Mon.-Fri., 7 
Sustaining 
CBS-TV, from N. Y. 

Bob Howard, the vet vauder, is 
a busy gent these days. Aside 
from this new tele stint which 
started July 26, he's one of 
the regulars on the CBS "Sing It 
Again" radio show and has been 
appearing at the Aquashow at 
(Continued on page 32) 



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Complete returns from the new 1944 CIS- 
KMOX Listener Diary show that KMOX has 
won another landslide victory in mid-America 
...is the 6 to I favorite of listeners throughout 
KMOX's70-county 50-100% Penetration Area. 
Conducted by Benson & Benson, this compre- 
hensive and impartial measurement of listen- 
ing habits records the '48 vote as follows... 

DAYTIME... (6:00 tt.rn.to 6:00 p.m.) 50000- 
watt KMOX has the biggest audience during 
83% of the 336 daytime quarter-hours— morm 
than ten times as many "first place" programs 
os any other St. Louis station! 

NIGHTTIME.. .(6:00 p.m. to Midnight) KMOX 
has more listeners than any other St. Louis sta- 
tion during 68% of the f 68 nighttime quarter- 
hours —nearly two and a half times as many 
"firsts" as any other "candidate." 

DURING THE ENTIRE WEEK.. .KMOX is 
first during 395 of thm 504 quarter-hours... 
the 4 to I favorite over the mnthrm field and the 
6 to I favorite over any other St. Louis stations 

Again, in '48, KMOX— "The Voice of St. Louis"— 
is the people's choice in mid-America. To make 
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Coys last Chance' Warning To 
V Educators to Grab Off Channels 



Washington, Aug. 3. 

Boards of Education, colleges 
and universities were urged to 
make -full use of radio in educa- 
tion by Federal Communications 
Commission Chairman Wayne Coy 
at the second annual conference 
J>n radio in education at Indiana 
University last Thursday (29). 

Coy pointed out that early in 
the days of radio, educators had 
t>een interested, but had done 
nothing, so that education channels 
were removed from AM broadcast- 
ing. Now education has an oppor- 
tunity with 20 channels allocated 
for the non-commercial educa- 
tional FM service— enough to pro- 
vide for at least 800 stations, he 
said. Although there was general 
rejoicing four years ago when 
these channels were allocated, 
there are now only 17 such stations 
in operation, 10 are under con- 
struction, and only four applica- 
tions are pending, he added. 

Warning that radio channels are 
too valuable to be left in idleness, 
he predicted educators would lose 
their second and perhaps last 
chance to own and operate their 
own radio stations unless they take 
advantage of their opportunity. 

"Radio makes it possible for an 
elementary school system to make 



the services of a few highly-spe- 
cialized and skilled teachers avail- 
able to classes in scores of build- 
ings scattered over a large city. 
The less highly-trained classroom 
teachers can supplement the radio 
programs with many types of 
visual aids. This is in effect a 
crude form of television. This is 
real dollars and cents economy — 
not just an illusory economy pa- 
rading at cut-rate education," Coy 
stated. 

He told those present that no 
tele channels are now reserved 
specifically for non-commercial 
educational use, although they are 
welcome to apply for regular com- 
mercial channels. Purdue Univer- 
sity and Iowa State University are 
now operating experimental tele- 
vision stations. 

"If education should lose out in 
FM it will also lose its chance for 
facsimile broadcasting," Coy said, 
calling facsimile the electronic 
newspaper and the electronic text- 
book. 

The Chairman praised the work 
being done at WHAS in Louisville. 
The station in cooperation with 
the University of Louisville by 
broadcasting the first college 
course for credit ever offered by 
any standard commercial station. 



He said the plan of NBC for a na- 
tionwide college-by-radio project 
is a bold approach to the adult edu- 
cation problem. 

In addition, Coy complimented 
Indiana University on its "Indiana 
School of the Sky" series broad- 
cast over 12 commercial stations 
for 30 weeks to the elementary 
schools last school term. He said 
he understood a high school broad- 
cast was to be included this win- 
ter. 

Syracuse University for more 
than a year has been broadcasting 
an effective well-rounded program 
service over a 2 1 /2 watt FM trans- 
mitter, he said. It covers a three- 
mile area around the campus and 
can be received by 'AM sets. The 
transmitter for this type station 
can be installed for around $2,500. 
This midget has been operating on 
an experimental- license, Coy said, 
but now FCC has issued a pro- 
posed amendment to permit such 
broadcasting with power of 10 
watts or less as one of its estab- 
lished services. DePauw Univer- 
sity has applied for a construction 
permit, he said. 



Topeka — New general manager 
of WREN is John S. Major, accord- 
ing to an announcement by the 
WREN Broadcasting Co. last week. 
It's a new field for Major who 
comes over from the Sunflower 
Ordnance Works, Eudora, Kans., 
where he was with the government 
and directed personnel programs 
and acted as consultant to war 
contractors. 



MENKIN SLATED FOR 
WVNJ PROGRAM SPOT 

Larry Menkin, scriptwriter who 
exited the Gotham scene about 
eight months ago to take over the 
program reins at WPWA, Chester, 
Pa., has checked out of that opera- 
tion. Starting this week he be- 
comes 3 program director of the 
new 5,000-watt WVNJ in Newark, 
N. J., which is scheduled to go on 
the air Sept. i. 

It's reported that WPWA execs 
wrangled over a contract, which 
Menkin claims was not forthcom- 
ing, as promised. As WPWA pro- 
gram director, Menkin is prepping 
a documentary series based on the 
American family, to be called 
"Give Us This Day," and other 
shows already in the works include 
"A Penny for Your Thoughts," 
"The People,. Now" (utilizing news- 
reel technique I ; "Folk Songs of 
America," "Don't Call Us, We'll 
Call You" (a quiz satire) and an 
early morning "Larry Menkin 
Show." 

WVNJ, operating at 620 kc, also 
announces a number of other ap- 
pointments, including Milton Las- 
ker, who resigned from WHN, 
New York, last week, as account 
exec, and Alan Saunders, formerly 
of WBMS, Boston, as chief an- 
nouncer. 




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Realizing there are other hopefuls on the stump this election year, WINS 
is there to cover them. With direct lines from three political hotspots, 
Washington, Philadelphia, and Cincinnati, plus three wire services, 
WINS is giving New Yorkers by far the best coverage of any independent 
New York station.. 

Our veteran newscasters, Don Goddard. Sidney Walton, Gil Kingsbury. 
Paul Jones, Carroll Alcott, and Howard Chamberlain, give WINS listeners 
vivid, complete commentaries, not capsule coverage. 

The WINS news coverage is just one of the reasons why the New York 
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Continued from page 25 




NBC filling the other five minutes 
with news, interviews and com- 
mentary on the games. Pix will be 
aired Tuesday and Friday nights, 
9-9:15 p.m., through Aug. 20. 

Deal was signed by Time-Life 
via UWF's tele department, headed 
by Steve Alexander. United World 
is a stibsid of J. Arthur Rank's 
British film outfit, which has all 
pix rights to the Olympics. How 
much T-L paid for the TV rights 
wasn't disclosed, but the figure 
was reported around $50,000. It 
was reported that General Petro- 
leum had signed to bankroll Coast 
TV airing of the same films. 

It's pretty certain, Heiskell in- 
dicated, was that the Luce coin 
won't go into tele station buying 
and operation. Also, despite the 
fact that the "March of Time" ob- 
viously is adaptable to TV, Heis- 
kell claimed that no serious con- 
sideration was being given either 
to this or any other specific series 
as a program for Luce bankrolling 
on TV. 

One thing also pretty certain, 
however, is that Luce will even- 
tually get into tele, Heiskell ad- 
mitted. As for the possibility that 
video might injure the popularity 
of pix mags such .as Life, the pub- 
lisher dismissed it as no more of 
a threat than radio has proven to 
I the circulation of newspapers. 



Maryland Press Joins 
With NAB in Balto's 
Tree Air' Controversy 

Baltimore, Aug. 3. 

Latest addition to the groups lin- 
ing up to fight the recent charges 
of contempt of court filed by the 
Baltimore Supreme Bench against 
five local radio stations and Com- 
mentator Jim Connelly of WITH 
is the Maryland' Press Assn., state- 
wide organization of newspapers 
representing practically every town 
or county in Maryland. 

Decision to join in with Amer- 
ican Newspaper Publishers Assn. 
and the National Assn. of Broad- 
casters to fight the local court rule 
which forbids publication or broad- 
casting of statements made by an 
accused between his arrest and 
trial, \vas made over the weekend 
by the Press group's board of gov- 
ernors which is also mapping a 
fight against a move now in the 
Maryland Court of Appeals to 
broaden the scope of the Baltimore 
ruling to take in statewide boun- 
daries. 

Current fight has attracted na- 
tionwide comment and an indus- 
try-wide protest against the im- 
plication of free speech restriction. 

James Lawrehce Fly. former 
head of the FCC, has also added 
his protest to those of the NAB, 
ANPA, and others, against the 
contempt citations given the Balti- 
more radio stations. 



Boston — Howard Malcolm, for- 
merly of WSAI and WBNS has 
joined staff of Hub's WCOP. He 
will do early morning (6 a.m. to 
8:30) news and disk jockey show. 



Glen Stadler to WDGY 

Minneapolis, Aug. 3. 
Glen Stadler. onetime CBS war 
correspondent, has joined WDGY 
here as an announcer and news- 
caster. 

Stadtler, who was the first Amer- 
ican correspondent arrested by the 
Gestapo in Berlin in December, 
1941, at various times has been 
with two other Twin City stations. 
WCCO and WLOL. 



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From the Production Centres 



IN NEW YORK CITY . . . 

Ferame execs of rival webs, Grace Johnson of ABC and Elsie Dick 
of Mutual, paired for a Carribean cruise, sailing Friday (6) and re- 
turning Aug. 23 Mary Margaret McBride vacationing all this month, 

but being heard (WNBC) twice weekly via e.t Red Barber, bowled 

over in Pittsburgh by a gastro-intcstinal disorder, planed home on a 

stretcher and now bedded at N.Y. Hospital Bill and Judy Brennan, 

who also produce the Jack Smith Show, took over Mutual's Coast- 
originated "All Star Bevue," which initiates a new guestar policy to- 
morrow (Thurs.). 

Hy Zaret, parody writer on CBS '"Sing It Again," fathered a sec- 
ond son last Wednesday (28) . . Howard Cordery, formerly in NBC 
tele production, joined the ABC tele staff this week Upcoming 
Fortune mag doing the RCA Story Parade mag among those prep- 
ping pieces on radio's giveaway fever Mutual's Thursday night 

•'Meet Your Lucky Partners" mulled as a daytime cross-the-board entry 

Albert Grobe, WQXR's chief announcer, has just finished narrating 

four reels of film on Palestine, produced by Peter Elgar, N.Y. and 

Hollywood indie producer WQXR execs Elliott and Eleanor Sanger 

cruising in the Carribean Martin Seligson, ex-radio director of 

Roberts & Roberts ad agency. Denver, joined Gainesborough Asso- 
ciates, indie production and promotion outfit, as sales manager. .. 
George Connolly and John Intorcia, undergrad comedy due from Ford- 
ham Univ.'s FM station WFUV, got a showcasing on Margo Whiteman's 
ABC "Tomorrow's Tops" last week. 

Audition of a new juve soaper, "That's My Girl," cut last week with 
Jean Gillespie and Jack Lloyd featured . . .Kingsley Horton, assistant 
manager and sales director of WEEI, Boston, shifted into CBS-TV 

sales in N.Y. Monday (2) Kate Smith again to chairman "National 

Grandmother's Day" this fall Publicist Arthur Miller to be a papa 

in September Ned Midgley's "The Advertising and Business Side 

of Radio," conies off the Prentice-Hall presses in mid-August. . . .Clar- 
ence Menser, ex-NBC program veepee now owner of WEAT, Lake 
Worth, Fla., arriving at the Westchester Country Club next Monday 

(9) with Mrs. Menser for vacation stay C. Israel Lutsky, WEVD's 

Jewish philosopher, recuperating at Beth-El hospital following major 
surgery .... Audition script for a 15-minute video series called "Tele- 
crime" has been prepared by Mort Levin. WNBC-TV reported in- 
terested. 9 

Johnny Olsen ticketed to m.c. the Saturday night "Whiz Quiz" 

prceming on ABC Sept. 11 Joan Alexander into Mercedes McCam- 

bridge's role in "This Is Nora Drake," while latter and Elspeth Eric 

junket in Europe for two months Treasury sec'y John Snyder named 

Dick Jurgens "Treasury Dept. Band of the Year" during an ABC 
airer last week .... Frank Papp. NBC producer, planed Europeward 
for a two-month looksee Monday (2). 

Mary -Mason new to "Lorenzo Jones" Sam Wanamaker added to 

"Front Page Farrell" cast Lauren Gilbert joined "Stella Dallas" 

roster. . . .Alice Yourman with "David Harum". . . ,WOR clearing 12:45 
p.m. cross-the-board for Gabriel Heatter's Mutual "Mailbag" starting 
Aug. 30, which means local's "Answer Man" must find a new slot .... 
Lou Cowan Productions negotiating to ship the upcoming "Deems 
Taylor Hour" show for Walter Schwimmer .... New type summer cir- 
cuit: Mardia Miller, Conover girl who appeared in the "Young Man's 
Fancy" Broadway legiter the past season, teaming with another Con- 
over beat, Selma Cane, in plastering the Big Street with Don McNeil 
for President buttons. 

Blutual reported gandering Lanny Ross for 15 minutes cross-the- 
board .... Benny Rubin permanent replacement for Morey Amsterdam 
on "Stop Me If You've Heard This" ... George Petrie, star of "Call the 
Police," spotted for the second time in four weeks as lead in "The Big 

Story" next Wednesday (11) WHN's Bert Lebhar, Jr. (Bert Lee to 

sports dialers), participating in the 21st annual national contract bridge 
championships in Chicago .... Robert C. Mayo, WOR account exec, 
succeeding Gene Thomas as sales manager of the station, Thomas 



going to Washington to head up WOIC (TV). 5 Bob Edge, Dodger tele- 
caster, has incorporated "Television Agency to handle sports figures 
for TV and is huddling with Jack Dempsey and Lefty Gomez on video 
ideas. 

m HOLLYWOOD ... 

Sidney Strotz put the quietus on reports that he would relinquish 
his post as NBC western division manager to devote full time to his 
television duties. Rumor had it that the job would be filled by Lewis 

Frost, his assistant Ted Steele setting up a picture department at 

Benton & Bowles, which he'll' head John Knight came in from 

Washington to be - chief engineer of NBC's tele operation .... Eileen 
Wilson, Patti Clayton, Marjorie Hughes and Bonnie Williams will be 
replacements for Beryl Davis on Hit Parade, with Frank Sinatra to 
designate who gets the extra two weeks ... Ed. Simmons, who heads 
up the Cecil & Presbrey agency here, adds a new holiday next year- 
father's day ... Jack Rourke, packager and announcer, was wed last 
week to Joan Lane of the David Selznick publicity staff ... Eddie 
Holden is reviving his "Frank Watanabe" character, which was quietly 

laid away after Pearl Harbor Lou Fulton's "Comedy of Errors," 

last season - integrated into -Kay Kyser's program, gets a new format 
and goes on wax. for fall sale. . . Bob Considine's daily report on the 
Olympic Games being shortwaved from London for insertion on Hank 
Weaver's KECA newscast. . . Bob Ballin and the frau hopped into their 
car, headed north without destination or reservation. . . Janet Widmer 
of the Hooper office followed the lead of her boss, Kay Lancaster, 
and got herself hitched .... Howard Harris took off for the east for 
audition of the Judy Holliday show, which he and Sid Zelinka created 
; . . ."Corny" JacXson and Viv Hunter passed a weekend with Charles 
Luckman at his Lucky Five ranch in the hills back of San Diego. . . 
Joe Rines splitting up his vacation between La Jolla (pronounced Hoya) 
down the coast and Lake Arrowhead up in the mountains .... Bernie 
Schubert waxed the George O'Hanlon Show for the fall comedy market. 

fJV CHICAGO ... 

Dan Ryan, former chief of Dancer-Fitzgerald-Sample's radio com- 
mercial and tele production, has switched to Tatham-Laird. Frank 



Lee" number, dance and famous 
maddog routine); Willie West and 
McGinty (the "Bricklayers Act"). 

9:45 — Half-hour non-televised in- 
termission show- (while TV cam^ 
eras move to Duffy Square for a 
block party) featuring 25-year-old 
newsreels and other earlyday 
films. 

10:15 — Back to the Palace stage: 
Pat Rooney, Sr. (talk and "Daugh-. 
ter of Rosie O'Grady); Mary Raye 
and Naldi (ballroom act); Ray Bol- 
ger (dance numbers); Bea Lillie 
(comedy prima donna act), and 
Paul Whiteman (first with a replica 
of his original' nine-piece band as 
it played the Palace, then with his 
present SS^-piece aggregation, with 
Earl Wilde at the piano, playing 
"Rhapsody in Blue"). 

In the pit for the show will be 
Jules ("the professor") Lenzberg, 
who batoned the Palace orch in its 
vaude headline days. 

Other segments of the teeoff 
ceremonies: 7 p.m., official open- 
ing by ABC board chairman Ed- 
ward J. Noble, with Gotham's 
greeter Grover Whalen. and city 
officials; commentary by Milton 
Cross, vet WJZ gabber; film on 
the growth and development of 

RaycroftTeplaces at"D-F-s".'. "NormanTlndguistTow'ing"out as "vee^ N. Y.; parade in front of the Pal- 



ABC-TV Splash 

Continued from page 26 ; 



pee in charge of sales for Television Advertising Productions .... CBS 
veepee Les Atlass fishing at Lake Superior. .. .Helen Bolstad leaving 

as WBKB Back to become Chi ed of Radio Mirror Tom Wason, 

former account exec for Hill Blackett, now with Morris F. Swaney, 
Inc . . . . Skelly Oil renewing Alex Dreier's news commentary on NBC 
regional net....FM construction permits granted to the Lake Shore 
Broadcasting Co., Lewis CoUege of Science and Technology, and the 
North Shore Broadcasting Co. . . .Staff recruits for forthcoming WENR- 
TV include Gregg Garrison, lately of WFIL-TV, and Monte Fassnacht, 
former stage manager for the Chi Civic Op Co. Fassnacht joins as pro- 
duction mgr., Garrison as staff director Rep switch has WIND go- 
ing from Pearson to Katz NBC-Northwestern University Summer 

Radio Institute folds Aug. 6, with 90 students fondling sheepskins. . . . 
Jack Owens, "Breakfast Club" crooner, set for the WLS Barn Dance 
origination at the Illinois State Fair, Aug. 14. . . .Economy axe wielded 
on the "Junior Junction" cast, with Mary Hartline, Loda Ameche and 
Dick York severed .... Jimie Spanos, promotion chief of WIND, back 
in the old home town of Pittsubrgh last week to orate at the Rotary 

Club Budget balancing at WGN has brought two departures in the 

traffic dept Phil Stewart, radio chief of Roche, Williams & Cleary, 

off to the Coast for an overhaul of "Revere All-Star Revue." New 
orch and new producer are certain. .. .Ernie Shomo, WBBM sales 
mgr., to N.Y. on biz .... Sports caller Bert Wilson on the road with 
the Chi Cubs for three weeks. . . ."Ladies Be Seated" will seat 'em at 
the state fair, Springfield, 111., week of Aug. 16 .... Announcer John 
Mallow narrated the Abe Lincoln pageant at Park Ridge, III., Monday 
(2). 

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ace, with-Walter Kiernan narrating 
and interviewing personalities ar- 
riving for the stage show. Later 
participants: an FCC rep. Bert 
Parks, Allen Funt and his "Candid 
Mike," ABC prexy Mark Woods. 
Remote pickups will pan Times 
Square; street dancers of N. Y.'s 
various national groups, typical 
city scenes, etc. 



Albany, N. Y. — Frank D'Armond, 
pianist and arranger, has been ap- 
pointed musical director of WPTR. 
His selection was announced by 
Howard W. Maschmeier, program 
manager. D'Armond will conduct 
the 10,000-watt station's 14-picce 
orchestra. 



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7 Tele Stations 



Continued from page 25 



Atlanta Prcems Its 8th 

Atlanta. Aug. 3. 

Atlanta's eighth radio station, 
WERD, a daytime indie, went on 
the air Monday (2) morning bright 
and early. 

Station, a 1,000-watt. 860-kc clear 
channel job, is owned and operated 
by Radio Atlanta, Inc.. with Jesse 
Draper as president, Harvey Per- 
sons, vice president, and Harvey 
Hill, secretary-treasurer. Dick 
Granville is station's general man- 
ager and William F. Kennedy is 
chief engineer. 



to dispose of all its stock interest 
in either the Minneapolis Star apd 
Tribune Co., or the broadcast com- 
pany, FCC said. 

WCAU, Philadelphia and Ala- 
mance Broadcasting Co., Burling- 
ton, N. C, were allowed to transmit 
facsimile signals with non-standard 
paper width for a period of 60 
days. Both were advised by FCC 
that further extension will not be 
authorized in view of the fact that 
engineering standards for fac- 
simile broadcasting do not con- 
template such 41-inch operation in 
the FM broadcast band. 

Robert H. Hinckley, former As- 
sistant Secretary of Commerce, 
and a veepee of American Broad- 
casting Co., and his partners were 
allowed to transfer their stock in 
the Northeastern Indiana Broad- 
casting Co.; Fort Wayne. This is 
the second station in which he has 
disposed of his stock. He recently 
sold holdings in WTHI, Terre 
Haute. Hinckley said he wanted 
to devote his time to WISH, In- 
dianapolis. 

Western film star Gene Autry 
was given an extension of 90 days 
to sell his interest in KPHO, 
Phoenix. Autry recently bought 
into another Phoenix statipn, 
KOOL. He says the extension of 
time will allow him to complete 
the deal. 

WKBW of Buffalo, and WXFR 
of High Point, N. C, tendered ap- 
plications for television stations 
during the week. 




WPTR Set for Preem 

Albany, Aug. 3. 

WPTR, 10,000-watt station op- 
erated by Schine's Patroon Broad- 
casting Corp., goes on the air Fri- 
day (6), three days before WHKN, 
also a.lO,000-watter, begins its reg- 
ular schedule with ABC affiliation. 

The addition of these two sta- 
tions, and a third, WROW, which 
debuted last October, gives Albany 
Ave radio outlets. 

WPTR', which has cost' the 
Schines more than $300,000. em- 
ploys a studio staff of 30. J. Meyer I 
Schine is presic nt; his brother, H 
Loiiis W.'," is vice-iYesld'ciif:' ' ' 1^ 



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Inside Stuff— Radfio 

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Draper Lewis, former CBS writer now a writer-director with the 
American Forces NetWork in Germany, writes that the AFN recently 
„ reS ented ''Kilroys"— their equivalent of "Oscars"— to the programs 
selected as best by AFN listeners. Winners were: Best.comedy pro- 
cram Henry Morgan; best musical program/ Fred Waring Show;, best 
dramatic program, "Suspense"; best quiz, "Twenty Questions"; best 
educational program, "Science Magazine of the Air"; best girl singer, 
jo Stafford; best male singer, Bing Crosby; best comedian, Bob Hope; 
best comedienne, Joan Davis; best orchestra, Vaughn Monroe; 

Lewis has recently written and directed special broadcasts for Lana 
Turner, Rita Hayworth, Cyd Charisse, Lauritz Melchior, Tony Martin, 

etc. ,. ' : :. ; ■ " :->' : ~-' '■]■/■'■:- > ■ 

Secretary of State George C. Marshall has named Justin Miller, 
president of the NAB. to be a member of tha National Citizens Commit- 
tee for United Nations Day, Oct. 24, and chairman of the subcommittee 
»n radio and television. ; 

The committee, formed in response to thr all of the U. N. General 
Assembly, asking that member nations pi note the observance of 
United Nations Day, will consist of 50 members. 

Purpose. 6f the committee, State explained, will be to enlist support 
and cooperation of "people generally, and cities, towns, civic organiza- 
tions, the press, the radio and other media groups." 

Motion Picture Association of America head Eric Johnston will serve 
as chairman of the film subcommittee of the State Department's Na- 
tional Citizens Committee for United Nations day, the department 
announced. Johnston will work out the industry's role in the national 
celebration Oct. 24. MPAA Officials here said Johnston was very in- 
terested in the program, and would begin work when he returns here 
from the Coast. # 

The NAB and the Federal Radio Education Committee have an- 
nounced an extensive list of 109 depositories for literature on radio 
broadcasting in libraries through the country, Institutions representing 
all. types of libraries have agreed to participate in the plan, which will 
bring within easy reach of students and the public in general, the bulk 
of the valuable literature on radio broadcasting. 

Each depository library will be placed on a distribution list which 
automatically sends to such a library all publications of the NAB, the 
FREC, all nets, and other interested sources, 

Current lists of participating libraries may be obtained from Mrs. 
Gertrude Broderick, secretary, FREC; or Mrs. Louise Aldrich, librarian, 

sab. :i'v 



Documentaries to Show 
How $16,500,000 Is Spent 

When the Federation of Jewish 
Philanthropies launches its nation- 
wide campaign for $16,500,000 in 
October, it will take to the air 
in an unusual series of weekly 
documentaries designed to shpw 
how the coin is used; 

A 13-week series 'called "A 
World to Win," detailing the med- 
ical and social work of the Fed- 
eration, is currently being prepped 
by Mort Levin, who has been 

[named to handle the radio efforts 

. tor the '48 campaign. 



Ed. Wolf's ABC radio package, "Break the Bank," sponsored by 
Bristol-Myers, is agencyed by. Dbherty, Clifford & Shenfield. The 
D-C-S agency's name was misspelled by error in last Week's issue. 



Mutual Buildup For 
N'Orleans Disk Jockey 

.Mutual this week handed over its 
30-3:30 cross - the - board strip, 
irhich Martin Block Was washed out 
>f, to a New Orleans disk jockey, 
Job Poole, for several weeks' try- 
tut.'.-' ■ :>'.;. 

Poole is with CBS' NO outlet, 
WWL, where he does 'a wax twirl- 
ng stint called "People's Paradise." 



Jack Holt's Sports Drama 

With Jack Holt as its star, a half- 
hour sports drama tagged "Pete 

Baxter— Special Sports Investiga- 
tor," is being offered by script 
agent Blanche Gaines, Show is 
written by a trio of authors— Ed 
Meyers, Barbara Hotchkiss and 
Byron Mankiewicz. 

Holt has arrived in New York 
for huddles on the show. 



Tossup Between Ginny, 
Curt Massey for Alka's 
'Liim' Cross-Board Sub 

It looks like a tossup be- 
tween Curt Massey and a musical 
co-starring Ginny Simms and Bud- 
dy Clark as Alka Seltzer's cross- 
the-board replacement for Lum 'n' 
Abner on CBS. Client has definite- 
ly committed itself for the 15-min- 
ute afternoon segment (5:45), with 
a 6:30 p.m. New York showcase on 
WCBS. 

Understood Alka Seltzer has put 
a $5,000 weekly ceiling on the 
musical, with Miss Simms and 
Clark each down for about $500 a 
week. (Matty Melnick is in for the 
orch batoning assignment.) It's 
question now whether Miss Simms 
would commit herself to a five- 
times'a-week show for that kind of 
coin. As the star attraction of the 
$12,500 budget Borden show a a 
couple of seasons ago, she was 
grabbing off about $2,500 as her 
end. • : ' : 



HEDY HAIR WAVE SPOTS 

Chicago, Aug. 3. 

Hedy Hair Wave will be moving, 
shortly into ra Ao with a spot cam- 
paign. Plan is to bruit the brand's 
name among listeners first with 
recorded announcements and then 
swing over to r etwork with a day- 
time program.- 

Hedy is part of the Pepsodent 
division of Lever Bros. J. Walter 
Thompson here handles the prod- 
uct. ; 



Ziv Buys Out World Broadcasting 
Transcription library for $1,500, 



Dean Martin^erry Lewis 
Radio Pkge. Via Greshlei* 

Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis 
have cut a radio program, pack- 
aged by their agent, Abner J. 
Greshler. which a number of agen- 
cies are currently considering, Ray 
Block's orchestra of 17, singer 
Georgia Gibbs and announcer 
Frank Gallup participated in the 
package. F ' Block scripted. 

Martin and Lewis, accompanied 
by their rep, leave tomorrow 
(Thurs.) for the Coast, where they 
open at Slapsie Maxie's nitery in 
Los Angeles Aug. 9. Team was on 
the Texaco video show, out of 
N. Y., last night (Tues.). 

ELLIOTT NUGENFS5G 
DOCUMENTARY SERIES 

Hollywood, Aug. 3. 

Elliott Nugent is adding radio to 
his multiple pix-legit activities as 
producer, director, writer and 
actor, appearing as the star of a 
documentary series, "I Free the 
Innocent," for which Colin Miller 
and Robert Hopkins cut an audi- 
tion platter at NBC Thursday (5). 
Music Corp. of America is repre- 
senting the .$5,000 package, with 
several agencies reportedly show- 
ing interest. 

"Innocent", is based on career of 
Herbert L. Maris, Philadelphia 
lawyer, who has freed more than 
300 prisoners! from penetentiary 
sentences for crimes of which they 
were innocent. National attention 
was focused on Maris by an article 
outlining his history in Reader's 
Digest. Miller and Hopkins rights 
to Maris material include television 
and pictures as well as radio. - 

James and Elizabeth Hart have 
written three scripts based upon 
material taken from Maris' files and 
prepared story outlines for 10 more 
which will be used when series 
goes on air. ,•" 



f Frederic W. Ziv Co., already the » 
biggest producer of radio tran- 
scribed programs, projected itself 
still further into the e.t. limelight 
this week by buying the World 
Broadcasting System, Inc., biggest 
disk library, from Decca Records" 
for a reported $1,500,000. 

purchase includes World Broad- 
casting's name, World Features, 
World Feature Library and World 
Programs, It'll all be a wholly- 
owned Ziv subsidiary. Deal was 
set following two and a half 
months negotiations. Report had 
been circulating that Decca might 
sell World to Muzak. 

Plans call for continued service 
to" 670 AM, FM and tele stations 
now using World's library, with 
Ziv, John L. Sinn and other Ziv 
execs taking active roles in their 
new subsid's operations and expan- 
sion. . _ .; _ ■'; 

All present World personnel will 
stay on, it's announced, with Al 
Sambrok in charge of station rela- 
tions, Maynard Marquard in charge 
of the Coast office, etc. Offices of 
Ziv and World will he consolidated 
in Chicago and other cities Where 
they both operate as soon as pos- 
sible. 

Herb Gordon, formerly* with 
World and how an administrative 
exec with Ziv, will again be asso- 
ciated with the running of World. 



WRC's 25th Anni 

Washington, Aug. 3. 
WRC, here, owned and operated 
by NBC, in Washington, observed 
its 25th year of broadcast service 
Sunday (1). One of the nation'* 
oldest commercial radio. stations, 
WRC went on the air with only 
one studio and a staff of eight, 
'including the porter.' . 

Now NBC's Washington office 
has a staff of 173 connected with 
NBC network Operations at WRC, ' 
WHC-FM and the network's Capi- 
tal television station, WNBW. > 



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How can you reach these five million? 



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One that will get results like this ... 

The world's largest home furnishings store sponsors a KNX program 
devoted to new ideas for interior decorating. They give KNX credit 
for a 500% increase in the use of their home information services. 

Another KNX advertiser sells title insurance to Southern California!-* 
with a program that relives the exciting days of the Spanish land 
grants. Their program has a higher average Hooperating than any 
other local program on a Los Angeles station.* 

A food manufacturer uses a KNX show that tests kitchen products to 
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KNX tan do the same for you . . . with a program specially designed 
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When KNX adapts its selling-power to advertising aims soles curves 
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Wednesday, August 4, 1948 



Cleveland's 
Only Video 
Outlet Banks 
{Among Nation's 
Largest 



TELEVISION DAILY, June 
24th, states Cleveland "has 
nearly 10,000 sets after only six 
months of TV service." More 
const -vative station figures indi- 
|cate 7,100 sets as of July 1, 1948 
. . a plus value for WEWS 
I advertisers. 



WEWS Offers 

I • More than 35 hours per week 
of programs in addition to 
test pattern time! 



More than 80 full time staff 
employees, in addition to 
talent employed! 



I • Bigger and better studio fa 
cilities ... on a par with the 
finest in the nation! 



"Cleveland 
Mushrooming 
Video-Wise 

. . faster than any of the major 
I cities — despite the fact it has 
only one outlet — WEWS.' : 
That's right, Television Daily 
more people are watching 
I WEWS Television than ever be 
I fore! 



The 

SCRIPPS-HOWARD 
RADIO STATIONS 

[• WEWS Television — WE WS-FM 
Cleveland, Ohio. 

• WCPO. Cincinnati, Ohio (Now 

building Television!. 

• WNOX, Knexvili*. Tenn. 
All these stations represented by 

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TELEVISION 

First In Cleveland/ 



Radio Reviews 



55 Continued from page 24. ; 



day night's '27) sequence. Kieran . getting lost, the show retained his 
"stuck with a job of news read, flavor. Miss Staftord, who did a 
ng at which he is not especially smooth ob. was coupled with or 



adept. Now and then he relaxed a 
little to inject a comment, but the 
bulk of these asides were far from 
Kieran at his best and added little 
.o the session. It appeared, in gen- 
eral, that Kieran was hogtied copy- 
wise and simply not allowed to un- 
bend enough to give affairs of the 
day the flavor of his own treat- 
ment. 

Nelson Case does his usual 
slandup job on the fore-and-aft 
plugs for Ivory soap. The copy 
states, of course, that the product 
has no equal. Doan. 

LOUELLA PARSONS 

With Carl Frank, announcer 

15 Wins., Sun., 9:15 p.m. 

WOODBURY 

ABC, from New York 

{Robert W. Orr) 
Back from a 10-country Euro- 
pean jaunt, Louella Parsons re- 
established herself in the 9:15- 
9:30 Sunday night segment on 
ABC this week (1) as Woodbury's 
companion-piece to the web's top 
drawing card, Walter Winchell. 
And although WW departs from 
the House of Jergens (a Woodbury 
subsid) after Jan. 1, the Winchell- 
Parsons back-to-back parlay re- 
mains intact. 

Which, in a sense, is fortunate 
for the Hollywood chitchat artist, 
for although there's a continual 
listening segment that likes to be 
fed on the Hollywood-Broadway 
gossip, with its dubious distinction 
of divorce "exclusives," there's lit- 
tle question but that the post-WW 
network ride is a major factor in 
paying off Hooper dividends for 
Woodbury. 

The fact that Miss Parsons ap- 
proaches her script as though she 
were reading it for the first time 
(as occurred in a few instances last 
Sunday when the emphasis was di- 
ected on the wrong words and 
even syllables) can tend to negate 
the value of "hot copy." 

Format remains essentially the 
same, with the editorial insert (on 
this occasion a "thank God for 
America ' toast cued to the condi- 
tions she found abroad), and the 
guestar for the windup (Rosalind 
Russell). 

New season's initialer was a one- 
shot New York origination, with 
Miss Parsons resuming from the 
Coast next Sunday (8). Rose. 



followed by Skitch Henderson 
(morning show), Woody Herman, 
Connie Haines, all of whom han- 
dled themselves well. Herman add- 
ed a unique touch to Thursday s 
(29) evening show by doing his in- 
tro spiels via transcription, because 
his band was working at Asbury 
Park, N. J., and time was tight. 
Ed Sullivan, N. Y. Daily News col- 
umnist, took a crack at it Monday 
(2) and, keeping within prescribed 
lines, did a stiff, but acceptable 
job. 



adaptation of Paul Vincent Car- 
roll's "Green Cars Go East:" What- 
ever shortcomings there were 
could be attributed to Carroll's 
script, but the acting, notably of 
the supDorting roles, captured the 
drabness and squalor of the "other 
side of the tracks." The direction 
helped to get more out of the script 
than the actual story divulged. 



Political Stew 

= Continued from page 23 s 

tonio, not as a Wallaceite, but as a 
Congressman." 

Both Schechter and CBS prexy 
Frank Stanton pointed out, in re- 
ply to demands for time to answer 
Truman, that the Democrats did 
not request the nets to broadcast 
his message, t 

Redding declared that if— and 
he did not agree — the nets consid- 
ered Truman's message political, it 
should be answered by GOP can- 
didate Thomas E. Dewey. ABC, it's 
understood, did invite Dewey to an- 
swer, but he declined. 

Redding further charged that 
ABC and NBC gave the Repubs 
popular evening listening hours in 
which to reply, whereas Truman 
spoke at 12:35 p.m., when most lis- 
teners were away from their ra- 
dios, at work. 

The Dixiecrats also have added 
to the webs' worries. They have 
requested two hours' coverage of a 
rally next Wednesday (11) in 
Houston, where their candidates 
will deliver acceptance speeches. 
ABC has offered the Southerners 
30 minutes, 10:30-11 p.m., or 25 
minutes, 11:35-12 midnight. CBS 
also has offered 10:30-11. Mutual 
has asked for further information 
on time of speeches, etc. NBC of- 
fered 11:30-12:30, which would be 
9:30-10:30 Dixiecrats' time. 



"Texaco Star Theatre" television 
broadcast (NBC-TV) is showing 
ear on the theory that yesterday's 
vaude will be the basis of today 
and tomorrow's video. Strangely 
enough, whereas in vaude's hey- 
day it was the headliner who car- 
ried the load and the fill-in acts 
„ust time-spreaders, in tele it's be- 
ing proved that the fill-in acts are 
the easily acceptable talent and to 
carry the front end video must de- 
velop its own. For example, on 
the Tuesday (27) show in ques- 
tion. Trixie, perhaps vaude's out- 
standing femme juggler, proved 
good for eyes tired of the comedy 
and takeoffs of Georgie Price, Bert 
Wheeler and Al Bernie. Same 
went for the Shyrettos, trick bi- 
cycle trio. They stood out where 
they were inserted to bolster the 
top names. Video obviously must 
find its stride hobbled by basing 
its approach to entertainment val- 
ues on patterns established before 
was born. Vaude is vaude and 
video is video. 



WHAT DO PEOPLE THINK 
Holcombe Parks, Jack Terry, Ed 

win Reimers 
Producer - Director: William Mar 

shall 

Writer: Carl G. Meller 
15 Mins., Tues., 10:30 p.m. 
NATIONAL ASSN. OF MANU 

FACTURERS 
ABC, from New York 

The National Assn. of Manufac- 
turers with this program comes up 
with something a little more subtle 
than that which they've delivered 
in the past. But even witli the 
more indirect approach, the organ- 
ization is still about as subtle in 
plumping for the virtues of busi- 
ness (big and little) as a bass drum. 

On this 10-week series, time 
for which is donated by ABC, 
they've come up with a quiz show. 
Questions are based on the results 
of a series of polls by a euphemis- 
tically named group called the Ob- 
jective Opinion Research, which 
apparently polls people on such 
vital questions as whether the gals 



Tele Reviews 

Continued from pace 2< ; 

Flushing Meadows. He's appar- 
ently taking these multiple acti- 
vities in stride, inasmuch as the 
infectiousness -of his singing is evi- 
dent on his newest activity. 

This Negro songster who accom- 
panies himself at the piano has a 
solid brand of musicianship that 
makes itself evident on the tele 
screen. His tunes, such as "Dark 
Town Strutters Ball," "As Time 
Goes By" and his player-piano 
impression are his vaude standby s 
which come over as well on this 
medium. Between songs, he fills 
in with news of subsequent pro- 
grams on the CBS channel. He 
handles all these chores well. 

Since there are so many facets 
of Howard's particular brand of 
showmanship, the cameras are 
fairly busy trying to capture them 
all. For instance, during "Them 
There Eyes," the cameraman gets 
a closeup of his optics. There are 
plenty of super-impositions com- 
bining his face and the keyboard 
his foot tapping and the keys, ant\ 



look good in slacks or do business- | the ivories and the hammers 



men make enough profit. 

Contestants are pre-selected and 
after giving their names are never 
heard from again, a factor which 
gives the program a cold imper- 
sonal note. The quizzees select a 
number they believe to be the per- 
centage of people believing that 
the question is correct. Answers 
are checked against the OOR poll 
and contestant having the nearest 
answer cops top prize. 

Program is a fairly dull presen- 
tation. Holcombe Parks, NAM vee- 
pee is hardly a personality to 
make a show jump, and if any of 
the contestants have a bright per- 
sonality, it's never brought to the 
m'f; The format Itself is not one 
thats bore-proof, and consequent 
y, needs more than a normal quo 
ly, needs more than a normal 
quota of brightspots to make the 
show sound less like unadulterated 
propaganda. j 0 se 



While" this trick photography fre* 
quently de-accentuates Howard's 
work, it's a wise procedure inas- 
much as a full quarter hour on any 
single performer can be too flat a 
landscape for tele. 

Program ran an Esso film com- 
mercial during the show, and it's, 
likely that other spot announce- 
ments will be' used. Jose. 



Tele Followup 



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IFolfowup Comment ; 

Jo Stafford began a list of per- 
sonality guest jockeys on Ted 
Husing's disk show, WHN, N. Y. 
last week, to relieve Husing during 
his vacation. But, since Husing had 
transcribed his commercials before 



Swift is still juggling with the 
format of the Lanny Ross show on 
NBC-TV,, but the basic ingredients 
(Ross and his singing) hasn' 
changed much. Last week Ar- 
nold Moss was on and his recital 
of some Thomas Wolfe prose anent 
"a fabulous America" was really 
a humdinger. A fine actor with an 
eloquent voice, natural and com- 
pletely at ease, Moss shapes up as 
a natural for video . . . Regardless 
of the merits of the CBS "Toast of 
the Town" vaudeo talent vs. "Tex- 
aco Star Theatre," the CBS camera 
crew seems to be pushing out in 
front in creating the better rhyth- 
mic quality. Pictures, too, are 
clearer. . Kraft Theatre is still 
turning in good solid productions, 
as evidenced , again by last week's 



Port Huron 

Continued from page 23 



Benedict Cottone, general counsel 
for FCC; Don Pettey, general 
counsel for the National Assn. of 
Broadcasters; Joseph H. Ream, 
CBS exec veepee; Louis Caldwell, 
attorney repping Mutual, and 
C. K. Richards, assistant attorney 
general of Texas. Calling of latter 
indicated the committee would 
look into the Houston libel law 
case. 

Meanwhile. Sen. Charles W. Tt> 
bey (R-, N.H.) succeeds Sen. 
White as chairman of the senate 
commerce subcommittee conduct- 
ing the communications inquiry. 
White resigned and appointed To- 
bey on Friday. Sen. Albert W. 
Hawkes ' ( R., N. J. ) has been ap- 
pointed to fill the vacancy of the 
three-man committee. 



ABC Co-ops 

Continued from page 23 



Ed Sullivan's "Toast of the 
Town" tele show started out Sun- 
day (1) evening (CBS -TV) as 
though it were going somewhere 
and as though a continuity had 
been arranged. It was launched 

ith Palermo's Dogs a swell act 
for kids and even their elders, 
then went into a comic golf routine 
with Willie Shore, which segued 
into an interview with pro Claude 
Harmon, which in turn segued into 

routine by the June Taylor line, 
based on the use of golf clubs, 
"rom there in it was every act for 
itself and Cab Calloway took the 
hindmost time, bad spotting since 
his lively work was the highlight 
of the show. Vivian Blaine was in 
the prime slot and while her per- 
formance was okay, except for a 
tendency to press and overact de- 
livery, what the lighting did to her 
blonde looks was a crime. Since 
Peggy Lee was originally sched- 
uled, it's quite possible Miss 
Blaine's stint was in the nature of 
a hurryup call. Still, that's no ex- 
cuse. 

This show, incidentally, brought 
up something that caught even a 
hardened burlesque viewer up 
short. During the *Raul and Eva 
Reyes dance turn, a good one, the 
tatter's routine calls for torso shak- 
ing and bumps. Ditto in a bit by 
the June Taylor Girls, to the tune 
of "Dinner Music for Pack of 
Hungry Cannibals." Video is a fam- 
ily medium, bringing sight as well 
as sound into the living room, and 
bumps have no place in it, partic- 
ularly when a third-grader pipes 
up with "what's she doing, daddy?" 

Sullivan himself has improved 
over the weeks, but he's still too 
deliberate and occasionally fumbl- 
ing in his spiels. 4 



but the net is. hopeful via the re- 
duced prices •to woo enough new 
sponsors to make up the difference. 

Spiking reports of a slump in 
ABC co-op biz, Harold Day, sales 
manager of this department, re- 
ported the number of local bank- 
rollers is up 20% over a year ago, 
while the dollar volume of co-op 
sales has jumped 50%. 

Co-ops on the other three major 
nets are all sold on a percentage 
of the network rates. Oddly 
enough, Mutual, which introduced 
the co-op idea, initially priced 
these shows against local rates, but 
dropped the policy five years ago 
because of continual complications 
involved in keeping up with local 
rate changes. 



GFs Comic Test 

Hollywood, Aug. 3. 

Comedy team of Sweeney and 
March, long a sustainer on CBS, 
has been signed by General .Foods 
through Young & Rubicam for a 
six-week test run starting Aug. 27. 

Comics will fill out the time, now 
on the CBS hiatus list, until Jack 
Carson takes up his stand for GF's 
Sanka. Program airs from here at 
5:30 p.m. for the east on Friday 
nights with a Coast repeat. 




M-G-M — 
"On am Island with Yon" 
"This Tim* for Keeps" 
Mat.: LOU CLAYTON 



DEATH 

to • dearth of good material you 
too can have a super - duper 
Hooper. Completely unknown, un- 
discovered penniless genius avail- 
able as gag man script writer, idea 
man or what have you. New York 
and vicinity. Write California 
Carson (distant relative to Tennes- 
see Williams) c/o box 815, Variety, 
154 West 46th St., New York 19. 
N. Y. 



Public Relations Director for Well 
Known Seashore Resort 

Capable of creating and developing amusement 
and premetlenal event*; create and manage 
advertising exhibits. Vear round position 
with City government for rifht man. Give 
age. experience, termer employers and salary 
expected. Address Gamher. Suite 803, The 
Fairfax, <3rd anal locust sit., fnilaeoMiia 
4. Pa. 

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"I wouldn't laugh, Edith! Mel Ott may call him yet . 
If he finds out what a Wheatie* fan old gram? hi" 



Wednesday, August 4, 1948 



RAMO 



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Counting Minutes On Air No Criterion 
Sez Taylor On Progressives Beef 



New York. 

SOUor, Variety: - 

In the July 28 Variety, your 
Philadelphia correspondent has a 
piece quoting Edward . R. Frisbie, 
who runs radio for the National 
Wallace for President Committee, 
rather extensively on his views as 
to CBS coverage of the Progres- 
sive Party Convention. 

At the Progressive Convention, 
our coverage was based on the 
same principles of news values 
which governed our coverage of 
the Republican and Democratic 
Conventions. 

Proportionate to the length of 
the convention and the strength of 
the party as demonstrated by the 
best polls available, it is my opin- 
ion that the Progressive Party got 
a slightly better break on CBS 
than did the other two parties. 

However, I do not believe that 
merely counting minutes on the 
air is the way to decide how ex- 
cellent the coverage of an event 
like the Progressive Convention is. 
The proper criterion, in my opin- 
ion, is, did the news get to the 
people, and did it give them a fair, 
accurate and interesting picture of 
what was taking, place? 

It was my business to hear all 
of the broadcasts we did on the 
subject of the Progressive Con- 
vention, and I am happy to stand 
cn the record. However, the lis- 
teners are the ones to be consulted. 
Before the Progressive Conven- 
tion, we had a total of 12 letters 
asking us to give the convention 
fair coverage. Since the conven- 
tion, we have had not one com- 
plaint about the fairness of our 
coverage. Every letter, we have re- 
ceived has praised the job we did. 
Someone has to decide how much 
coverage a political convention 
should get. According to Variety's 
report, Mr. Frisbie feels that he 
should decide. Obviously, respon- 
sibility for decision lies with the 
network, and could not be waived 
even if we wanted to. 

By the way, Mr. Frisbie was un- 



| able to hear one of the most in- 
teresting shows that we did from 
I his convention. We are going to 
I play him a record sometime after 
he simmers down. 

Davidson Taylor 
(CBS Veepee, Director of 
Public Affairs) 



Colleges Fail Down In 
Use of Air Education, 
Sez KLZ's Hugh Terry 

Denver, Aug. 3. 
As main speaker for the windup 
dinner of the recent annual con- 
vention of the American College 
Public Relations Assn., KLZ man- 
ager Hugh Terry laid the problem 
of up-to-date educational broad- 
casting flat in the laps of the col- 
leges. 

Describing the advances in tele- 
vision and FM during the past 
year, and pointing to the great fu- 
iture for the visual medium, Terry 
j warned the college front men to 
| use more practical intelligence in 
the future than they had in the 
past with AM radio. 

"One of the great troubles in 
years gone by," he said, "was with 
that monster known as 'Education- 
al Broadcast.' Usually heard only 
by its proud author and the station 
engineer it made misuse rather 
than use of radio." 

Listing types of unfortunate ex- 
periences which stations have hau 
with educators, he continued: "Sta- 
tions have always been glad to 
supply air time, but too frequently 
were sadly disappointed to find 
their offerings taken lightly 
Their time was filled with unat- 
tractive, hastily prepared pro- 
grams that served only to drive 
listeners away from the radio and 
into the nearest film theatre to 
take a chance on a set of dishes. 
If radio hasn't yet reached a high 
level of usefulness to educational 
institutions, then you educators 
must stand up and share the 
blame." 

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Commie Reprise 

ABC got such terrific .de- 
mand yesterday XTues.) to re- 
peat Monday i2) night's 
hour - long "Communism — U.S. 
Brand" that the web is sched- 
uling a rebroadcast for Sun- 
day (8), 9:30-10:30 p.m. If 
platters of stanza aren't of ac- 
ceptable quality, program will 
be done over live, public 
affairs veepee Robert Saudek 
said. 

Phone, mail and telegraphed 
reaction to program up to yes- 
terday afternoon was unani- 
mously approving except for 
protest wire from magazine of 
Harry Bridges' Longshore- 
men's Union, Saudek reported. 



Donegan Prez Sets Nucleus of '5th 
Network' in Upstate NX Hookup 



Paul Manning Packages 
'Inside Europe' Show 

Paul Manning, former CBS and 
Mutual war correspondent, has 
packaged a unique "Inside Europe" 
stanza which he would do from 
N. Y., utilizing info cabled to him 
from his own . staff of newsmen 
stationed in the major capitals of 
Europe. Program is being offered 
via the William Morris agency and 
several agencies already have ex- 
pressed interest. 

Manning recently returned from 
a swing through London and the 
Continent to line up top diplomat- 
ic sources and half a dozen key 
newsmen to feed him behind-the- 
headlines dope on developments. 
He points out that recent surveys 
show the European situation to be 
second only to the high cost' of liv- 
ing as the top interest of the U. S. 
public today. 

Manning was sponsored by 
Sperry Corp. in MBS for nearly 
two years during the wa^He was 
the only correspondent in the 
world to witness and broadcast 
both the German and Japanese 
surrender ceremonies. Recently 
he's been writing a nationally 
syndicated column on European 
affairs. 



Washington— Station WOL has 
renewed its contract with the 
American Federation of Radio 
Artists. Staff actors, singers and 
announcers get raises. 



Albany, Aug. 3. 
A new upstate Nejiv Yorkjmokup 
which its .promoters hope to build 
into a nationwide "fifth network" 
was chartered Thursday (29) with 
the Secretary of State by the Union 
Broadcasting System. Proxy of the 
new outfit is James T. Healy, head 
of the Governor Dongan Broadcast- 
ing Corp., which has operated 
WOKO here since last Nov. 1. 
(WOKO has been ABC's Albany 
outlet, but is being replaced by 
WHKW on Aug. 9.) , ■ 

UBS is a„ subsid of Dongan, 
Healy announced, and is tentatively 
slated to begin operations Sept. 15 
i with a phone wire hookup of sta- 
I lions in New York, Albany, Utica, 
Syracuse, Rochester and Buffalo. 
WOV, N. Y. indie, will feed com- 
mercial programs to the web, al- 
though not actually a part of the 
net, Healy said. He claimed the 
hookup would open with an hour 
of sponsored programs daily. (Par- 
ticipating stations outside of 
WOKO and WOV weren't identi- 
fied.) 

Key city outlets, the UBS topper 
said, will also make tape recordings 
of "outstanding local shows and 
radio personalities" for sale to 
smaller stations outside the primary 
areas of the major affiliates. Web 
will receive 30% of the local sta- 
tion's rate card, "in contrast with 
percentages as high as 70% charged 
by present networks." , 

Healy predicted that it would be 
at least a year before the hookup 
could be made transcontinental. 
"We hope," he explained, "to make 
a fifth network, revolutionary in 
character and eventually spanning 
the United States, with time and 
advertising sold on a regional basis. 
"Programs will always be adver- 
tised by -the local announcer," he 
added. 

Lorensen & Thompson, national 
representatives of WOKO, also will 
rep the new web. Healy claimed 
more than 60 stations already have 
expressed interest in UBS. 

Principals in the venture besides 



tllealy are Chester T. Hubbell ex- 
prexy of the Albany Chamber- 
!of Commerce, veepee; attorney 
Charles A. Tobin, Jr., secretary, and 
John Aiello, local produce mer- 
chant, treasurer. A director will he 
Ira Mendleson, of the family own- 
ing the B. T. Babbitt Co. 



NBC, Mutual Distressed 
About Marriage Problem; 
Line Up 



By a strange coincidence, two 
networks last week disclosed plans ' 
to do documentary broadcasts on 
the problems of marriage. One of 
the webs is NBC, and announce- 
ment by veepee Ken Dyke 6f 
preparations to air a full-hour 
stanza on the subject late in 
August seemed to signal a new 
trend of thinking in this network... 
For NBC has been the last of the 
major nets to jump into the docur 
mentary field, where CBS and ABC 
have picked off industry kudo's and . 
Mutual began to try its hand last 
season. 

Mutual is the other, web blue- 
printing a look at U.S. marital life, 
but educational and religious di- 
rector Elsie Dick has tentatively 
broken the MBS sequence into 
three parts, to be aired once weekly 
sometime in the fall. It's under- 
stood Allan Sloane will script the 
series and Mitchell Grayson direct. 

Miss Dick also disclosed that she' 
is at work on a four-part docu- 
mentary,' for fall airing, examining 
latest developments in atomic 
energy and its peacetime potentials. 

NBC has been researching Its' 
upcoming one-shot, titled "Mar- 
riage in Distress," for the 'past 
four months, Dyke said. Public 
affaire staff under Wade Arnold is 
completing this work and the pro- 
gram itself will be scripted by Lou 
Hazam, who has been writing the 
net's "Living— 1948" series. 




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spiracy and disk cartel agreements, 
la aq, action filed in federal dis- 
trict court N.Y- yesterday (Tues- 
day). Clark cited Decca, Decca Rec- 
ords Co. Ltd. (of England) and 
Electrical Musical Industries, Ltd. 
(England) as conspirators in re- 
straining the distribution and sale 
of recordings. 

Clark's complaint alleges that 
U.S. Decca maintains an agreement 
with British Decca and EMI under 
•which the three outfits designated 
^territory each is to control for the 
manufacture, sale and licensing of 
recordings. In the territories not 
controlled by either of the Decca 
firms, EMI has the say, and the 
profits of the latter's operations 
allegedly are divided between the 
U.S. and British Decca companies. 

For example, the agreements, 
which began in 1934, give U. S. 
-Decca North and South America; 
EMI has Australia, New Zealand 
and Far East, and British Decca 
has the rest of the world. British 
and TJ. S. Decca split the profits 
from EMI's Far East Operation. 

Industry attorneys, aware of "the 
Government suit, recall the back- ; 
ground relations between E. R. 
(Ted) Lewis, head of British Dec- 
ca, and Milton Diamond, former 
U- S. Decca counsel, but now one 
of the American Federation of 
Musicians attorneys. Originally, 
British Decca held a large share 
of TJ. S. Decca and Diamond more 
or less represented its interests. 
Several y ears .hack, Lewis and his 
British company were out of the 
U.S. Decca picture and Diamond 
followed soon after. Meanwhile, 
U.S. Decca retained the right to 
release in this country any Brit- 
ish Decca disks made in England. 

Last year, to bring American 
dollars into England, British Dec- 
ca set up the London label for its 
disks made in England for U. S. 
release. The U.S. Decca has no 
connection in London; in fact, 
these records compete in the U. S. 
market with U.S. Decca. 

Clark's suit asks cancellation of 
all contracts; an injunction against 
restraint of trade; and an order 
against price-fixing by tfaei trio. 

Lewis, incidentally, gets into 
New York today (Wednesday) on 
a visit. Meanwhile, .Jack Kapp, 
U. S. Decca head, is in England 
and is to make a Continental tour 
thereafter. 



Plan Gets Aug. 16 Airing 

Reorganization plan developed 
to allow DeLuxe Records to con- 
tine in business will be heard 
Aug, 16 at federal court, Newark, 
N. J. Summary of the plan was 
served on debtors of the company 
last week. It calls for a 25% settle- 
ment on the dollar, 10% upon okay 
of the plan and the remainder in 
5% installments over 13 -months' 
time. 

Deluxe has been in business 
since August, 1943. . 



LONDON'S NORRIS MUSIC 
TO BE REACTIVATED 

London, Aug. 3. 

Norris Music, non-operative for 
two years, is going into business 
again next week. In charge of ex- 
ploitation and co-director with Sid 
Roy of the company, is Sid Green, 
who thus returns to the firm with 
which he started in the music busi- 
ness in 1935. 

Leaving Norris during the war 
after helping make such < hits as 
"Goodnight Children Everywhere" 
and "You Made Me Care," Green 
went to Southern Music and then 
to Irwin Dash. He recently left 
Dash to accompany his son, Barry, 
to the U. S. and help launch his 
singing career there. 

First numbers which he will 
work on are two Norris revivals — 
"Teats On My Pillow" and "Cuban 
Pete" — together with a new num- 
ber, "One Too Many," which Green 
brought back from the U. S. though 
it was written by British song-team 
Lubin and Lisbona. * 



New Four-Label Indie 

Newest entry into the platter 
business is. Remington Records, 
New York outfit headed by Bob 
Simon, former program director 
for Vox label. Company, which has 
acquired a 10-press plant in New 
Jersey, will issue its first release 
late this month. 

Remington will print four dif- 
ferent labels, including the Broad- 
way, 35c pop disk; Lenox, a 75cer 
featuring colored talent; Junior, 
95c unbreakable kiddie record and 
Arco, a classical label. Company 
has also negotiated a distribution 
deal with the Swiss Elite and 
m. ?? c ^ c » two European out- 



Brit. Decca Cuts 
Prod, to Boost 
U.S. Export Disks 

The 1948-49 English-Decca Rec- 
ord program will sharply accent a 
great step-up in the export of Lon- 
don label discs to the U. S. Quotas 
of British Decca British dealers 
are being scaled down to enable 
maximum raw materials to be 
switched to export platters. 

American Decca chief Jack 
Kapp, now in Britain, has been 
finalizing the program this week 
With his British counterpart E. R. 
Lewis, of Decca, and Harry Sar- 
ton. Kapp is busy completing de- 
tails of Decca's new finance 
scheme. Millionaire Harold C. 
Drayton, 46-year-old City invest- 
ment trust "king" is putting a large 
slice of cash into Decca. ~ 

Drayton's finance company — Se- 
curities Agency Ltd. — is subscrib- 
ing to 500,000 Decca 25c common 
shares at $3.50. Coin is needed to 
re-equip Decca's factory just out- 
side London, and finance "Decca 
Navigator" stations opening in 
Denmark next month. The "Navi- 
gator," a war-developed ship and 
plane radio guide, is pulling sub- 
stantial worldwide orders for the 
company. 

Drayton's group has backed 
Decca before. In 1933 it put lip 
$160,000 in debentures, this being 
later increased by another $440,- 
000 — since repaid. Shares being 
bought will not be quoted on the 
Stock Exchange until after Jan. 1. 
They will not rank for any final 
dividend to be paid on the com- 
pany's accounts for the past year. 
Reason for the Drayton deal is that 
British Decca chiefs do not think 
the country's general financial 
makes it a good time to i 
shares. 



Disk Jockey Review 



BOSTON BALLROOM 
With Bob Clayton 
Daily 4-6 p.m. 
Participating 
WHDH. Boston 

One of the most popular disk 
jockeys of the Hub, WHDH's Bob 
Clayton, runs a slick late after- 
noon show that garners a good- 
sized loyal listening audience. 

With show slanted more to 
younger element interested in jazz, 
Clayton varies stanza to include all 
types from Bebop to Dixieland, but 
not overlooking ballad singers and 
harmonica groups. He does not 
force his opinions on his audience, 
allowing listener reactions to 
guide him in further playing of 
disks, and has a vast fund of in- 
formation on artists' backgrounds, 
result of diligent research. 

With his informal mike style, 
Clayton gets good results inter- 
viewing guests. An oft-used idea is 
to allow a w.k. personality to pick 
out favorite records and act as 
guest jockey, Clayton filling in' with 
background questions. 

In addition to some staff an- 
nouncing, Clayton makes many 
personal appearances at local rec- 
ord shops and has recently begun 
a weekly column in Boston Trav- 
eler, 



Jocks, Jukes and Disks 



By Bernie Woods 



BRITISH MORE HEP TO 
GOOD AMERICAN TUNES? 

• New York. 

Editor, Variety 

Noted much ado about a forth- 
coming Tony Martin recording of 
"Tenement Symphony" as report- 
ed last week. The number, re- 
ported by you as dormant since 
its first appearance in "The 
Big Store," has actually been 
quite popular with the British 
for the past several years, as note 
Martin's performance of it in an- 
swer to many requests. The num- 
ber, too, has long been available in 
HMVs standard catalog, and IVe 
had a copy of this recording in my 
personal collection since 1943 (No. 
EA 3138, 10-inch, two sides, Eric 
Winstone and His Band, vocalist : 
Alan Kane.) ' 

All the above is singularly unim- 
portant except to bring your files 
up to date, and to note once again | 
that the British are np to their old ! 
tricks of giving recognition to 
worthy melodies that have fre- 
quently been glossed over by na- 
tive publishers in the U. S. Re-' 
member "The Man I Love?" Fulted i 
out of "Strike Up the Band" on the 
pre-Broadway tryout, and first pop- 
ularised in Britain. And some of] 
Cole Porter, etc. ! 

Dam H. Laurence. 



Being shackled to a turntable to 
listen to 50 or 60 disks at two 
sittings, one hears foul balls whiz 
past from that pitching needle so 
fast and often that when a high, 
hard one comes up it stands out 
like a Cadillac in a junkyard. 

For months the music publishing 
industry has been crying into its 
ASCAP royalty checks, bemoaning 
sloping biz. It's been the cry that 
the AFM's disk ban is killing, off 
copy sales because the public feels 
no new recordings are being is- 
ued. That's not the truth. At 75c 
a crack no one can be blamed for 
passing up the sort of tripe that's 
been served lately. The music biz 
is not bad because of the disk ban 
it's because of bad songs on 
disks. Tin Pan Alley could use new 
blood. How long can the writers 
who have built and sustained those 
valuable catalogs hold it up.. 

We may be strung from the Brill 
Bldg. flagpole for this, but it's our 
considered opinion that the tunes 
that have been taking the play 
away from so-called top writers in 
recent months — "You Can't Be 
True, Dear," "You Call Everybody 
Darlin'," etc. — actually are quality 
songs in comparison to the mis- 
mated music and lyrics that too 
many publishers latched onto in 
a hurry before the ban. At least 
they are understandable lyrical 
stories, played simply. 

An example is a Decca release 
by the Mills Bros: of a tune titled 
"I'll Never Be Without a Dream." 
Quartet pours into it the identical 
treatment given their "Paper Doll" 
hit. It's a rendition, to tickle any 
pub on that type of rune. But the 
melodic content shortweights the 
group. It serves to highlight the 
fact that with few exceptions the 
only saleable music available cur- 
rently is the increasing number of 
standards being Issued and those 
"overnighters" pubs continue to 
sneer at as "freaks." 



Bills: Crosby "I'd Love to Live In 
Loveland" — "Love Thy Neighbor"; 
"Pale Moon"^' 'Dolores" ' (Decca). 
A nostalgic sounding ballad, "Love- 
land" rates as a fine possibility. 
Crosby's sharply defined lyricing 
is supported and abetted by lush 
strings and a whispering beat. 
Backing, "Neighbor," is an out- 
standing standard which, with 
"Pate Moon" and "Dolores" on a 
companion release form a trio of 
standards any one of which can 
hit a coin machine revival jackpot 
It's a cinch they're jockey musts. 
"Moon" and "Dolores" are brightly 
ribboned by the Merry Macs and 
John Scott Trotter's orchestra. 

Tony Martin "This Is the Mo- 
ment" — "Ah But It Happens" (Vic- 
tor). From film of the same name, 
■"Moment" is a beacon among em- 
bers. Martin's rendition is the sort 
that makes a publisher begin esti- 
mating royalty checks, it's that 
commercial. Lyttle Sisters weave in 
and out of the lyric and Earle 
Hagen's understanding background. 



10 Best Sellers on (^-MadmesM " , k ( f.f*. ?>! 



YOU CALL EVERYBODY DARLING (5) IMayfair) 
WOODY WOODPECKER SONG (10) (Leeds) 



4. 
5. 
6. 

7. 

8, 



Al Trace ; Regent ± 

jKay Kyser Columbia 

(Mel Blanc- Sportsmen Copitol t 

{Dick Haymes Decca '• ■ 

} Doris Day Columbia 

Grij fin-Wayne , .Rondo i > 



IT'S MAGIC (6) (WMmark) 

YOU CAN'T BE TRUE DEAR (17) (Biltmore) 

MAYBE YOlFLL BE THERE (2) (BV© Cordon Jenkins... Decca :: 

LOVE SOMEBODY (3) (Kramer- WJ ... D. Day-B. Clark . ... ..Columbia " 

MY HAPPINESS (12) (Blasco) ^{fe^^SSi^^SSl 1 

WM. TELL OVERTURE (9) (Tan* Town) Spike Jones . . .Victor 

LITTLE WHITE IJES (21) (SVC) , i Dick Haymes .Decca Y. 

{Tommy Dorsey Victor " 

TREE IN MEADOW (1) (Shapiro-B) Margaret Whiting Capitol - • 



Coming Up 



RUN. JOE, RUN (Preview) Louis Jordan Decca " 

f LONG WAY PROM ST. LOUIS (Jewel) Ray McKinley VictOT 

PUT 'EM IN BOX (Reiniek) King Cole Capitol-- 

CONFESS (Oxford) { ?. atti Pa ^ e Mercury '. 

[Jimmy Dorsey..,. .M-G-M 

<■ 12TH STREET RAG (Shapiro-B) Pee Wee Hunt Capitol 

TEA LEAVES (Marris) Cote Columbia V. 

I Ella Fitzgerald Decca ■> 

MAHARAJAH OP MAG; DOS. (MutmaR Vaughn Monroe Victor ' ' 

i : BLUEBIRD OF HAPPINESS (T. B. Harms) Art Mooncy " M-G-M 

BLUE SHADOWS (Santiy-Joy) Bing Crosby .....Decca •• 

V- HAUNTED HEART (Williamson) ...... H? s Wfor& Capitol 

!• \Perry Como Victor >• 

% BABY DONT BE MAD (Paramount) Frankie Laine Mercury '• '■ 

EVERYBODY LOVES SOMEBODY (Sinatra) { I H ra,ik sinatr * Columbia 

I Peggy Lee Capitol •• 

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"Happens" is given the same pitch, 
but in this case it's along for the 
ride. 

Andrews Sisters "You Call 
Everybody Darling" — "Underneath 
the Arches" (Decca). Andrews trio 
cut this pairing in England with 
musical background. Done in a 
sparkling shuffle rhythm style, 
"Darling" will easily take slot in 
the forefront of the tune's coin' 
machine and jockey race. •"Arches,'* 
the promising English oldie, 
doesn't match its companion piece, 
but should grab attention if the 
tune keeps coining on. Background, 
by Billy Ternent, is fair, but at 
least it's not harmonicas. 

Jerry Wayne "You Call Every- 
body Darling"— "Cuckoo Waltz." 
(Columbia) Wayne retains the sim- 
ple and direct approach to both 
promising melodies, fitting his 
lyric to plain rhythm and organ 
accompaniment, respectively pre- 
sumably 'made in England. He'll 
get a share of the tunes' takes al- 
though neither side is up to rival 
renditions. 

Peggy Lee "Don't Be So Mean 
To Me" — "Just a Shade On the 
Blues Side" (Capitol). Both are 
excellent shares of Miss Lee's im- 
mense fund of feeling for blues. 
Unfortunately, they'll appeal more 
to her fans than widespread juke 
and jock attention. Top tune is by 
the singer and hubby-guitarist 
Dave Barbour; the other by Hoagy 
Carmichael and Harold A damson. 

Tex Beneke "At the Flying 
W" — "A Woman Always Under- 
stands." Beneke's "Flying W" is a 
pleasant bit of rhythm which will 
earn him fair coin machine and 
jock spins for a brassy effort not 
quite the equal of Elliott Law- 
rence's Columbia pass at the tune. 
Beneke. does the vocal under- 
studied by the Moonlight Serenad- 
ers. "Womari" displays little, al- 
though the rendition and vocal, by 
Garry Stevens, is nicely turned. 

Platter Pointers 

Carmen Cavallar* (Decca) flares 
into flashy pianistics on "Rhumba 
Maria," based on the theme music 
of "For Whom the Bell Tolls" and 
"Carinhoso"; both fine sides for 
jocks but light for jukes . . . Colmn- 
' i Orchestra, which can mean 
anything, is responsible for a trio 
of attractively colored pieces in 
"Jazz Pizzicato" and "Jazz Legato," 
coupled, and "Fiddle Faddle." Jocks 
looking for unusual items should 
check them . . . Spanish lyrics are 
Andy Russell's forte and the flavor 
with which he covers "Cielito 
Lindo," the Latin standard, could 
form a hit serve. "Sunday In Old 
Santa Fe," backing, is edged in the 
same vein . . . Why Columbia ever 
assigned tunes such as "A Tree In 
the Meadow"- and "Galway Bay" to 
Bill Johnson is one of those things 
not easily understood . . . Three 
Suns work up a cute rhythm 
novelty in "Simon Says," vocalled 
by Sun Maids and Artie Dunn, and 
back it with "Remind Me To Tell 
You" (Victor) . . . Polka punchers 
will find Henri Bote's ".Tunnel of 
Love" and "Portrait of a Toy Sol- 
dier" good fare. 



ANDREWS SIS RECORD 
2 SONGS IN LONDON 

Andrews Sisters and Decca Rec- 
ords took expected advantage last 
week of the trio's vaude date at the 
Palladium, London, recording two 
songs with British musicians sup- 
plying accompaniment. Trio cut 
"You Call Everybody Darl- 
ing," and "Underneath the Arches" 
a week ago Monday (26) and the 
masters were in Decca's hands in 
N. Y. two days later for processing. 
Pressings will be marketed some 
time this week. Background was 
directed by Billy Ternent, British 
maestro. 

Pairing is the first time the An- 
drews trio have been able' to use 
musical accompaniment since the 
AFM's disk ban began. They have 
cut a number of tunes since Jan. 1, 
mostly -with harmonica accompani- 
ment. Lou Levy, manager of the 
trio and head of Leeds Music, and 
Jack Kapp, president of Decca, 
now in England preparatory to a 
Continental trip, were both at the 
recording date. 



Weemi Exits GAC in Chi 

Chicago, Aug. 3. 
Bob Weems exited from General 
Artists office here last week. He is 
into the concert-promoting 
field in the midwest area with a 
group of men including Pat Hayes 
and Sid Page. 

Weems' initial effort is a string 
of dates being set for Fred Waring. 



Wednesday, August 4» 1948 



Henry Spitzer Exits Buddy Morris 
To Go Into Business on His Own 



Henry M. Spitzer, general man- 
ager of the Edwin H. (Buddy) Mor- 
ris music firms, has resigned to go 
into business for himself. Spitzer's 
move exploded on the industry 
Monday <2) as a result of a minor 
conflict of ideas between himself 
and Morris, and for no other rea- 
son. Morris for some time has 
been devoting increasing attention 
to his properties and intends to 
take over active management. His 
theories concerning the way they 
should be run did not coincide 
completely with Spitzer's and the 
result was a mutual agreement to 
part. 

Spitzer held a 10% stock interest 
in the various Morris Companies, 
and in return for relinquishing his 
shares, assumes ownership of the 
Waroek and Vogue catalogs, which 
Morris owned. Warock is the firm 
Morris recently purchased from 
Johnny O'Connor, and Vogue is a 
Broadcast Music outfit Morris set 
up to hold BMI copyrights such 
as its hit of a few years ago, "Pistol 
Packin' Mama." 

As result of the parting arrange- 
ment, Morris intends to spend 
much more time in N. Y. He does 
'not intend to replace Spitzer. 

Spitzer is seeking offices for his 
new firms in N. Y. in addition to 
the catalogs he receives from Mor- 
new firms in N, Y. In addition to 
within the Morris setup will pass 
into his hands with which he will 
go to work immediately as an in- 
dependent publisher. He will set 
up offices in Chicago and 
Angeles. 



Los 



Osf eld Reviving 
Stevens Music 



Stevens Music is being reac- 
tivated by Jack Osfeld, who set it 
up originally a couple of years ago 
with Broadcast Music backing, only 
to have the firm go into bankruptcy. 
Osfeld, who left a job with Jewel 
Music last week, has made a sec- 
ond deal with BMI covering the re- 
opening of Stevens and the setting 
up of a second, as yet untitled firm. 

At the beginning, Osfeld intends 
to run Stevens until it pays off ex- 
isting obligations, meanwhile work- 
ing on tunes that will be placed in 
the new catalog. When Stevens, is 
clear of debt, both firms will be in 
full operation. 



Lead-Lease 'Chi Concerto' 

Kansas City, Aug. 3. 

Bill Snyder, pianist, orch leader 
and composer, is trying out a new 
plan in marketing his latest com- 
position, "Chicago Concerto." Sny- 
der is withholding the score from 
publication, although he's had 
offers from publishing houses. In- 
stead he will rent the score out, 
and only in that way will the com- 
position be available. 

He expects to combine the com- 
position with a fall concert series 
now being lined up for him. Idea 
is for Snyder to appear with vari- 
ous symphonies and longhair 
orchs introducing the "Concerto" — 
a musical picture of Chicago, a 
composition for piano with full or- 
chestral accompaniment. Snyder 
has scored the number for 100 
men, and packs the score with him. 
Part of each personal appearance 
-specifies that the orch rents the 
score from him at $150 per per- 
formance. " 



Tracey, All Co-Execs 
Of Majestic Held In 
Posts by Chi Court 

Chicago, Aug. 3. 

Eugene A .Tracey and other offi- 
cers of Majestic Radio & Television 
were retained in their jobs last 
week under an order issued by Chi 
federal district court Judge Phillip 
Sullivan. Motion to retain Tracey 
and the others was made by the 
trustees of the company. Action 
was taken although a report sub- 
mitted to the court by Master-in- 
chancery Charles A. McDonald 
found that Tracy showed "sub- 
stantial profits" on sales of his 
stock to the public, while the com- 
pany was operating at a loss. 

Company is being reorganized 
before Judge Sullivan as the after- 
math to an involuntary bankruptcy 
action filed by a group of creditors. 
Trustees made no report on offers 
to buy masters. Eddy Howard is 
still seeking to buy -up his masters 
and pressings and turn them over 
to Decca, whose banner he is set 
to go under as soon as the ban is 
over, or as soon as he can get disks 
to release. 



Seek Suspect in Ohio 

Dancehall Bomb Plot 

Bellefontaine, O., Aug. 3. 

Police are seeking a man seen 
leaving the dance hall operated by 
Jack Stone at nearby Russells 
Point, shortly before a bomb with 
the fuse burning was discovered 
by a watchman. 

The bomb, which he carried to 
an adjoining parking lot, exploded 
Wed. (28), breaking windows and 
rousing residents of the Indian 
Lake resort. Police said no one 
was injured. 



Continental Into 
Glaser's ABC Fold 



Continental Artists, talent 
agency formed last year by Milt 
Deutsch, Abe Turchin and Jack 
Archer, literally passed out of ex- 
istence last week when a deal was 
completed with Joe Glaser's Asso- 
ciated Booking Corp. Under the 
agreement, Deutsch, the only mem- 
ber of the launching trio who was 
still active with Continental, will 
head a Hollywood office for Glas- 
er's ABC. He will represent both 
his own properties and Glaser's in 
that area. In turn, Glaser will han- 
dle Continental artists in the east. 

As it was worked out, the deal 
expands ABC's talent list and at 
the same time solves a problem for 
Glaser. For some time he has been 
endeavoring to establish a Coast 
office, but had been having con- 
siderable difficulty finding a site, 
and also a suitable salesman to 
head it up. He takes over Continen- 
tal's offices in the Beverly-Wilshire 
hotel, and Deutsch, now in New 
York, moves in Sept. 1, the date 
the deal is effective. Turchin, inci- 
dentally, remains with Woody Her- 
man's orchestra, whose contract 
with Continental expires Oct. 15. 
Archer bowed out of Continental 
several months ago and is now 
back with the William Morris 
agency in Chicago. 

Talent which will accrue to Glas- 
er's ABC, from Continental, in- 
cludes Noro Morales, Esy Morales, 
Saccassas, Argueso, Pallado, Pepito, 
all Latin personalities. 



Vancouver Nitery Date 
Splits Jones' 1 -Niters 

Hollywood, Aug. 3. 

"Spike Jones' September one- 
niters will be split by a two-week 
date at the Cave Club, Vancouver, 
B.C., nitery. "Musical Deprecia- 
tion Revue" takes to the highway 
after its Cal-Neva date, which 
marks band's return to work fol- 
lowing leader's honeymoon with 
vocalist Helen Grayco. 

Bookings set include: Civic Aud., 
Oakland, Sept. 5; Aud., San Jose, 
Sept. 6; California State Fair, 
Sacramento, Sept.' 7-8; Cave Sup- 
per Club, Vancouver, B.C., Sept. 
10-22; Seattle, Sept. 23; and Port 
land, Sept 24. 



A3CAP Must Get Stay of 
Decision to Halt Current Confusion 
Over H'wood Synchronization Rights 



'Happiness' Disk 
Bootlegging Cues 
Appeal to FBI 

Federal Bureau of Investigation 
has been asked by Damon Records 
to look into and stop the bootleg- 
ging of recordings of its "My Hap- 
piness" recording, by Jon and 
Sondra Steele, which launched that 
tune into a national hit. Damon, a 
Kansas City disk-maker, bases his 
complaint to the G-Men on the 
theory that every undercover pres- 
sing of his hit sold to the public 
does the Internal Revenue Depart- 
ment out of excise tax. 

In his letter, Damon cites pres- 
sing plants, including RCA-Victor's 
Camden and Indianapolis factories, 
Signature, Commodore and others 
in various parts of the country, 
who are legitimately producing 
copies of "Happiness" for him. But 
he also mentions distributors by 
name whom he feels are selling 
more copies of his hit than they 
have been ordering. And the only 
way, he points out, that such un- 
ordered disks could be obtained 
is through bootleg sources. 

Damon explains in his letter the 
methods used by bootleg disk- 
manufacturers, a practice the re- 
cording industry has been aware of 
for some time. It's usually accom- 
plished by a pressing plant em- 
ployee smuggling a master or 
mother matrix at night from a 
plant pressing a particular hit. 
From either of these bases stamp- 
ers are made in a matter of hours 
and the smuggled master returned 
to its rightful place before morn- 
ing. From the stampers a consid- 
erable number of bootleg disks 
can be made, which are fed into 
the market by devious channels. 

That such methods were being 
used was suspected for the first 
time more than a year ago, partic- 
ularly on the west coast. As far as 
is known, however, no record com- 
pany has ever complained to the 
government, naming suspects. 



Agey. Hot After Herman 

Woody Herman's contract with 
Continental Artists expires Oct. 15 
and won't be renewed due to the 
merging of the agency with Joe 
Glaser's Associated Booking. As 
a result, all of the major agencies 
have been hot on Herman's trail 
for the past week or so trying to 
sign him. 

Herman played Convention Hall, 
Asbury Park, N. J., last week and 
during his run was visited by or 
spoke to reps of all agencies; Gen- 
eral Artists is supposed to have the 
inside position. Herman was with 
that agency for, eight years pr so 
before switching to Continental 
last fall. . . 



Top Disk Artists' 

V 

Contracts Run Out 



Since the beginning of the Amer- 
ican Federation of Musicians disk 
ban, Jan. 1, a fairly large number 
of contracts between major disk 
companies and their artists have 
expired. And, since the terms of 
the ban ; forbid any artist who is 
an AFM member from renewing 
during the tenure of the ban, it 
means that at the moment there 
are a number of valuable record 
names who. are unattached. 

It isn't likely, however, that any 
of the major diskeries will set out 
on a raiding campaign. All are 
vulnerable to some extent and the 
minute one company makes a grab 
for an unattached artist a scramble 
would be started. Too, there's the 
legal aspect; most recording com- 
panies have some sort of an agree- 
ment with artists which extends 
contracts for the length of time 
the ban continues, even though the 
clause may not be included in the 
pacts. -Any artist who decided 
another company's field was green- 
er most likely would find himself 
in a legal stew. 

Another angle that has never 
been settled legally, since no test 
occasion arose during the last re- 
cording ban in the early 1940's or 
so far in this one, is whether a 
union could break a bona fide con- 
tract between an artist and a com- 
pany by calling a disking ban. 



Sammy Cahn and Jule Styne au- 
thored the score for Warners "Two 
Guys from Texas." This credit 
was omitted from a recent 
Variety ad. 



4 RH' Logging 




A Fella With Umbrella— -t "Easter Parade"— Feist . 



Just For Now—Advance 



P.S. I Love You— LaSalle 



Every Day I Love You — f'Two Guys From Texas' 

—Harms. Chic. 
\ Cal. 
Put 'Em In Box— t "Romance On High Seas" 

— Remick . 



N. Y. 
Chic, 
Ca). 

Blue Shadows On the Trail— f'Melody Time" N. Y. 

— Santly Chic. 
Cal. 

Little GM— Leeds '. N. Y. 

Chic. 
Cal. 



17 
23 
3 
6 
11 
7 
1 
13 
6 
10 
17 
0 
6 
11 
5 
2 
4 
3 
3 
10 
1 
6 
4 
4 
6 
4 
3 
3 



Sust. Comm. Comm. Ctmm, Comm. Total 
Vocal Instr. Vocal Instr. Vocal Points 

184 



133 



Richard Hitriber's new ' development in logging broadcast performances lists tunes in the survey, 
based on four major network schedules. They are compiled on the basis of 1 point for sustaining instru- 
mental; 2 points for sustaining vocal; 2 for local commercial instrumental; 3 for local commercial vocal; 
4 for net commercial instrumental; 6, network commercial vocal. . > 

SURVEY FOR WEEK OF JULY 23-29 

Loc. Lot. Nctw. Netw. 

Sust. 
Instr. 

It Only Happens— t "Easter Parade"— Berlin ...... .N. Y. 7 

Chic. 
Cal. 

A Tree In the Meadow — Shapiro N. Y, 

Chic. 
. Cal. 

It's Magic— f'Romance On High Seas"— Witmark . . N. Y. 

Chic. 
Cal. 
N. Y. 
Chic. 
Cal. 
N. Y. 
Chic. 
Cal. 
N. Y. 
Chic. 
Cal. 
N. Y. 



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*■■ The necessity for a stay of exeat* 
turn, pending the appeal from the 
recent adverse decision handed 
down by Judge Vincent L. Leibell 
in N. Y. federal court, faces the 
American Society of Composers. 
Authors and Publishers, Other- 
wise the organization finds itself ia 
a confused position over the grant- 
ing of synchronization rights. 

The film companies, in turn, also 
find themselves uncertain about 
the exhibition rights, since the 
issue. The proposed passing on of a 
sync fees don't cover the seat-tax 
certain segment of the synchroniza- 
tion fees to allegedly embrace the 
exhibition license fee is fraught 
with much danger. 

For one thing, once again the 
bugaboo of "acting in concert* 
rears its head. This bogey now 
stems from the songsmiths, whose 
counsel wonders wlvther any 
agreement about an apportionment 
of a certain percentage of the fees 
may not be legally suspected ait 
"acting in concert." (This was 
made much of by Judge Leibell 
who, in his important opinion— ad- 
verse as it may be to ASCAP, it is 
nontheless viewed as "of major im- 
portance" — stressed, the' fact that 
this pooling of copyrights consti- 
tuted a violation of the Sherman 
anti-trust act). : 

The Hollywood filmusical mak- 
ers meantime, particularly those 
who have no music pub affiliations, 
(Continued on page 50) 

Sheet Sab h 
Continued Hypo 

Music sheet sales continue to 
show a marked improvement week 
by week, according to jobbers and, 
top publishers. At the same time, 
record sales show only a minute 
tendency to pick up. Where there 
is any improvement, it's usually 
due to individual hits affecting 
overall sales totals, although disk 
company salesmen assert that re- 
tail stores are showing more inter- ' 
est in their entire line rather than 
confining themselves to top hits. 

In both categories, any sort of 
upward movement is noticeable, 
since sales have been so slow. In 
the music field, there hasn't been 
such a sales slump in more than 15 
years. 



4-Way Tooter Switch 
Deal Working Between 
Dutch, Eng., Swiss. Beig. 

A recent reciprocal agreement 
between the musicians unions of 
Holland, Belgium, England and 
Switzerland has aided traveling 
orchestras of all four- countries, 
according to Dutch maestro Ma- 
thieu Niel now in the U. S. on a 
three-month visit. Arrangement, he 
said, works on the principle that 
for every Belgian, Swiss 'or British 
band permitted to play in Holland, 
a Dutch outfit must be permitted 
to perform in those countries. 

Top bands in Holland, Niel says, 
are the "Skymasters" and another 
group known as the "Ramblers." 
Former crew has a style somewhat 
akin to that of Stan Kenton while 
the other combo leans toward 
sweet arrangements. Most Holland- 
ers by-pass be-bop, Niel points out, 
for "it's something that they just 
don't understand." Turning to the 
current status of the Dutch music 
publishing field, he said the trade 
is ^almost entirely dependent upon 
plugs from radio and phonographs 
to boost sales. 

A "best seller" in Holland, in- 
cidentally, is lucky to top 2,000 
copies, Niel avers. Also a song- 
writer, he has a tune best trans- 
lated as "Eyes in Love," that's 
now on the Dutch equivalent of the 
hit parade. The bandleader, who 
entertained American troops in 
Holland during the war, came to 
the U. S. on a short visa as a 
guest of Lincoln Brownell of Wa- 
terbury Conn., whose son is buried 
in an American military cemetery 
near Niel's home, Maastricht 



86 



Wednesday, August 4, 1948 




Wednesday, August 4, 1948 



Major Recorders Cool Off On 
Plan to Defy Petrillo Disk Ban 



Heat of the burn by major disk*, 
companies against the refusal of 
James C. Petrillo to do anything 
about the American Federation of 
Musicians disk ban, has cooled 
somewhat. As a result, the major 
recorders who a few weeks ago 
were all for banding together to 
proceed with recording, using 
Union musicians willing to flout the 
AFM, have subsided. 

It seems that one of the top 
companies, RCA-Victor, put the 
brake on the idea to resume full- 
scale cutting, using musicians. Vic- 
tor, which is only one part of the 
vast RCA holdings, foresaw that 
the parent organization would have 
much more to lose than the other 
disk companies in the event it by- 
passed the AFM and thereby 
earned the union's enmity. It's as- 
serted that *after the first heat of 
the all-together plan was cooled 
somewhat by Victor, others among 
the majors which also are affiliated 
in other fields, drew away from 
the plan. 

As a result, the recording situa- 
tion is right back where it has been 
since Jan 1. Recording is being 
done in England and elsewhere and 
most of the major company execu- 
tives seem satisfied at the moment 
to continue along those lines. Sale:* 
are still far below par, but the feel- 
ing now is to wait a while longer 
and see what may happen. Petrillo, 
with nothing to lose since he's not 
getting any royalties from record 
sates anyhow, is standing pat and 
saying nothing. 



Cunningham's 5-Yr. Run 
At Adolphus, Dallas, Ended 

Dallas, July 27. 

Herman Waldman's orchestra 
opens at the Adolphus hotel Cen- 
tury Room Aug. 12 replacing Tony 
Cunningham's band which has set 
a local record with a five-year run. 
(Cunningham worked the Room as 
vocalist with Ligon Smith band for 
two years making a total of seven 
years for him at the spot). 

Waldman was a partner in the 
Sky Vu Club here, selling out re- 
cently to resume batoning. 

Capitol Makes Masters 
Of 'Arches' and 'Hair' 

Add Capitol Records to the disk 
companies which are rushing 
through recordings of "Underneath 
the Arches" and "Hair of Gold," 
two likely hits, Andy Russell re- 
corded "Arches" last week and 
Gordon MacRae did "Hair," in 
Hollywood, with the usual substi- 
tute background. 

It's the first post-ban recording 
for both. Until now. Jack Smith 
,and the Sportsmen had done the 
majority of Capitol's disking re- 
quirements. 



Top* of the Tops ± 

Retail Disk Seller 
"You Can't Be True, Dear" 

Retail Sheet Music Seller 

"You Can't Be True, Dear" 

"Most Requested" Disk 

"Woody Woodpecker" 

Seller on Coin Machines 

"You Call Everybody Darling" 

British Best Seller 

"Galway Bay" ■ 




New York 

Tommy Dorsey's transcribed disk 
jockey show moves to WLIB from 
WMCA, Sept. 7; Dorsey, inci- 
dentally, is now running the show 
himself, having bought it from the 
Lou Cowan agency. . .M-G-M 
Records has developed a substance 
called Metrolite, unbreakable, etc., 
which it will use for kiddie disks 
. . . Grady Watts now handling 
Larry Clinton's orchestra . . . Rec- 
ord Merchandising now handling 
Apollo line in southern California 
. . .American Weekly, Hearst maga- 
zine section, starting four-part 
series on music industry Aug. .15 
. . . Bernie Cummins orchestra was 
booked into New Yorker hotel, 
N. Y. by MCA not GAC.Bick- 
ford Bros., Buffalo distribs, took 
RCA-Victor's annual $1,000 award 
for best promotion activities . . 
Illinois Jacquet combo to play 
Roxy theatre, N. Y., starting Sept. 
9. . .Buddy Moreno band into Tav- 
ern-on-Green, N". Y., Sept 15 for 
four weeks. . Freddy Martin set 
back Strand theatre, N. Y. date to 
Oct. 1, with film "Johnny Belinda." 
Don MacLeod replaced Al Gross in 
Johnny Long's orchestra. 



RCA Cuts 1st 
Post-Ban Disk 



RCA-Victor made its first post- 
ban recording about 10 days ago 
in New York, using Jack Lathrop, 
backed by a harmonica group, to 
cut "Hair of Gold" and "You CaU 
Everybody Darling." Sides are 
being rushed out to take advantage 
of the peak popularity of "Darlin" 
and the fast-climbing "Gold," 
started by the Harmonicats. 

Before the _first of this year, 
when the disk ban became effec- 
tive, Victor perhaps recorded and 
stocked away more material than 
any other major manufacturer. 
And it had not found the need 
since to cut additional disks. 
Lathrop was formerly with Glenn 
Miller and Les Brown's orchestras 
and the two sides just made are 
his first as a soloist with Victor. 



N. Y. Hotel Major Band Bookings 
Take Alternate Sweet Sour Turns 



Court Okays tita Sate Of 
Masters to Artists for $930 

Chicago, Aug. 3. 

Maury Murray, American Broad- 
casting net producer, became the 
first to buy back his masters from 
Vitacoustic Records last week, with 
Chi federal district court approval. 
He bought four masters for $930. 

Company is also considering of- 
fers from Leo Diamond and Joan 
Edwards for their disks. 

Elliot Lawrence Reopens 
Dailey 's Meadowbrook 

Frank Dailey will reopen his 
Meadowbrook, Cedar Grove, N. J., 
Sept. 9, with Elliot Lawrence's or- 
chestra. Band is dated for two 
weeks and four days and his suc- 
cessor has not yet been signed. 

Since July 4, when Dailey fold- 
ed Meadowbrook for the summer, 
the spot has been used as a sum- 
mer theatre by a New Jersey stock 
outfit, presenting outstanding hits 
of the past. Series expires Sept. 4 
and Dailey will have only five days 
to ready for the resumption of his 
band policy. 



Hollywood 

Margaret Whiting inked by Par- 
amount for two-reel short, which 
will be shot in N. Y. . .Saul Striks, 
pianist, fined $200 by AFM's Local 
47 for breaking quota-of-work rule 
by 88ing seven nights weekly in 
Georgian Room, Santa Monica. 
Striks also has been forbidden to 
work in spot for at least six 
months. . Toni Harper shares bill- 
ing with Mickey Katz combe- on 
Million Dollar stage week of Aug. 
3. Big Joe Turner and hoofer 
Nicoli fill out bill. . .Allie Wrubel 
and Mort Greene set by Walter 
Wanger to collab on song which 
Chill Wills will warble in "Tulsa" 
...KFWS disk jockey, Gene Nor- 
man, promoting Andre Previn and 
Paul Nero in jazz concert at Wil- 
shire-Ebell tomorrow night (28) . . . 
Jack Mass, Morris Plugger, and 
l>ave Bernie, Paramount rep, back 
from tune-touting tours across Pa- 
cific Northwest. Primarily con- 
tacted disk jockeys in small towns. 
Leeds Music's Bob Stern swings 
out over route next week... Mrs. 
Hoagy Carmichael Will turn flack 
for husband's London vaudate at 
Casino, where he opens four-week 
stand Aug. 9. She flies to London 
io plant yarns prior to pianist- 1 
composer's arrival. He will train 
to N. Y. and sail on Queen Mary 
July 30... Mickey Goldsen has 
shifted from N. Y. to Hollywood 
neadquarters of his music publish- 
ing houses, Capitol . Songs, Cri- 
terion, Leslie and Barbour-Lee mu- 
sic companies. . Goldsen . left one 
man in Gotham to tout tunes for 

, f °» u r firms • • Hoy Acuff's 
bmoky Mountain Boys wUl pre- 
sent six tunes, "Smoky Mountain 
(Continued on page 39) 



RETAIL MSI BEST SELLERS 





PffiRMETY 

Survey of retail disk best 
sellers, based on reports ob- 
tained' from leading stores in 
12 cities, and showing com- 
parative sales rating for this 
and last week. 




New York — (Liberty Music Shop) 


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m-Clay) 


mi Leary) 


Omaha — (Schmoeller & Moeller) 


sarson) 


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Rating J^y 31 
This Last 

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K. GRIFFIN -JL WAYNE (Rondo) 


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2 


1 


4 


1 




3 


3 


3 








68 


2 2 


KAY KYSKR (Columbia) 






1 






2 






4 


1 


6 






5 




47 


3 4 


DORIS DAY-B. CLARK (Col) 


4 


5 


7 


9 


5 






7 


8 


8 






2 


44 


4 5 


PEE WEE HUNT (Capitol) 








2 


1 




10 




2 




7 


9 






3 


43 


5 3 


DICK HAYMES (Decca) 
"Little White lies" 






6 






4 


8 


4 


5 


5 


4 










41 


6 8 


AL TRACE (Regent) 

"You Call Everybody Darling 


»» 


9 


1 












2 








2 


4. 


37 


7 7 


MEL BLANC-SPORTSMEN (Cap) 




4 


3 






2 








4 






6 


36 


8 10 


SPIKE JONES (Victor) 
"William Tell Overture" . . . 










8 


5 




8 


7 


9 


5 


6 




9 


7 


35 


9 9 


GORDON JENKINS (Decca) 
"Maybe You'll Be There". . . 




5 


6 










1 






5 






5 


33 


10 12 


JON-SONDRA STEELE (Damon) 


2 


8 




3 




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3 










10 




29 


11 6 


PIED PIPERS (Capitol) 
"My Happiness" 










4 














2 






1 


26 


12 11 


VAUGHN MONROE (Victor) 


8 




5 






3 












7 


9 


23 


13A 12 


DORIS DAY (Columbia) 








3 














1 








8 


21 


13B 14 


ELLA FITZGERALD (Decca) 










6 






4 


2 










21 


14 17 


RAY McKINLEY (Victor) 






6 




1 


















15 


15A .. 


DORIS DAY (Columbia) 














3 


5 
















14 


15B 17 


"' ART MOONEY (MGM) 
"Bluebird of Happiness". 
























7 


1 




14 


16A 13 


DICK HAYMES (Decca) 














2 




10 














10 


16B 16 


ANNIE VINCENT (Mercury) 
"You Call Everybody Darling" . . . 




















1 






10 


17A 16 


VAUGHN MONROE (Victor) 








10 


















3 




9 


17B .- 


ANDREWS SISTERS (Decca) 








6 




7 
















9 


18A 14 


TEX BENEKE ■> (Victor) . 
,"St. Lonis Blues March" . . 








9 


9 










8 












7 


18B .. 


BLUE BARRON (MGM) 
"Vnu Were. Onlv Foolinu" 




























4 




7 


19A .. 


FRANK SINATRA (Columbia) 
"It Only Happens When Dance' 










6 
















6 


19B ..' 


MARGARET WHITING (Capitol) 
"Tree in the Meadow" 












8 




9 








10 


6 


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ALBUMS 


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EMPEROR WALTZ 
Kng Crosby • ■ 


. 1 

SONG HITS OF OUR 
TIMES 

(/Albums) 
Decca 


3 

MUSIC FOR 
ROMANCING 
Paul Weston 

Capitol 


4 

PROGRESSIVE 

JAZZ 
Stan Kenton 

Capitol 


'5 

ALBUM NO. 3 
Al Jolson 

Decca 



' Situation involving name 
"swing" bands in major New York 
hotels took two turns within the 
past 10 days, one for the better and 
one for worse. Though top sweet- 
band maestros such as Frankie 
Carle, Guy Lombardo, et al,- have 
consistently played N. Y. prestige 
spots during recent years, none of 
the big jazz or swing combos have 
been in, except Stan Kenton, who 
worked the Commodore last week. 
High* prices and low bids by hotel 
men Jiave kept them out and band 
agency men feel that it is a con- 
dition that must be righted to help 
inject new life into the field. 

However, the Commodore, which 
used Boyd Raeburn, Woody Her- 
man, and others as well as Kenton, 
has dropped out of the picture, tt 
served notice recently on agency 
men that when its Century Room 
reopens in the fall a policy of con- 
cert music (no dancing) will pre- 
vail on weekday evenings. On 
weekends, a non-name group will 
supply dance fare. It's explained 
by the hotel that its name band 
policy of last season didn't make 
money and that in view of prices 
asked by major maestros it would 
be closed to them. Vaughn Mon- 
roe, who did consistently good busi- 
ness at the spot, and whom the 
Commodore wanted to retain, was 
asked to cancel his six-week book- 
ing and did so. Commodore ex- 
plained that it couldn't get together 
with other maestros for periods be- 
fore and after Monroe. 

On the other band, Tommy Dor- 
sey has been discussing the pos- 
I sibility with James McCabe, Penn- 
; sylvania managing director, of re- 
opening the Cafe Rouge Sept. 21 
I (Room closes Aug. 20 for remodel- 
j ling). So faV, T. D. and McCabe 
haven't gotten together on price 
and may not at alL Nevertheless, 
Music Corp. of America says 'Dor- 
sey will play a N. Y. hotel in the 
fall. Dorsey hasn't played in N. Y. 
in five years or so. 1 




Dimitri Tiomkln set to do the 
musipal score for David O. Selz- 
nick's "Portrait of Jennie." Scoring 
and recording is expected to be 
completed to meet early October 
release date . . . Bob Allen, former- 
ly with Hal Kemp, and Louise 
Tobin, previously with Benny 
Goodman, have joined Ziggy Elman 
band for stand at Palladium, begin- 
ing Aug. 10 . . . Universal-Interna- 
tional has bought picture rights to 
tune, "K-K-Katie" which studio will 
use in Claudette Colbert, Fred Mac- 
Murray starrer, "Family Honey- 
moon." . . , Johnny Miller will leave 
the King Cole Trio following the 
group's engagement at the Million 
Dollar Theatre, week of Aug. 10. 
Miller, who has been thumping the 
base with Trio for nine years, is 
being replaced by Joe Comfort, 
formerly with Lionel Hampton and 
Benny Carter bands . . . Betty Reilly 
set for two weeks at Flamingo, Las 
Vegas, beginning Aug. 19 . . . Nellie 
Lutcher set for Ciro's, Phila- 
delphia, Aug. 20 for one week . . . 
Frankie Laine playing one niters 
at Monterey Park and Balboa Aug. 
13-14, then two weeks at Palomar 
Club, Vancouver, Aug. 19. He goes 
into Fairmont Hotel, S. F. Sept. 
21 through Oct. 3. 

Jane Pickens inked by RCA- 
Victor to chirp for label when disk 
ban dissolves . . . Beatrice Kay in 
for fortnight stand, at El Rancho, 
Las Vagas, opening Oct. 13,..Robert 
Emmett Dolan will compose and 
direct musical score for Para- 
I mount's "The Great Gatsby" . . . 
! Franz Waxman signed to score 
I "Dark Circle" for Par. . . •. David 
! Snell will conduct score for Met- 
! ro's "Act of Violence" . . Bob 
; Ecton held over for four weeks at 
jCasa de Manana, La Jolla. . .Allan 
Roberts-Doris Fisher's "The More 
;We Get Together" and Smiley 
j Burnette's "I Can Dance" and "My 
' Home Town" bought by Columbia 
! for "Challenge of the Range" ... - 
i Gabbe, Lutz and Heller have taken 
over personal management of 
Sktlch Henderson band . . . Esy 
Morales recording "Jungle Fan- 
tasy" for U-I's "Criss Cross" with 

■ Burt Lancaster; Yvonne DeCarlo 
' and Dan Duryea. 

; • Art Whiting has closed band- 
i booking agency, turning over 
' three combos to MCA. In re- 
turn MCA is getting Whiting 
1 inside (rack on personal-managing 

■ some of its atractions . . . Esy 
Morales orch opens at President 
hotel, Atlantic City, for six weeks, 

' storting Aug. 1. . . Joe Barbarry, 
violinist, has left Harry James 
: orch to form his own band. 



38 



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Leeds Mulls Own 
Suit Vs. Stravinsky 



Wednesday, August 4, 1948 



tJ?»» ?! u . s » c t is Panning a coun- 

«£KLW* i? or Stravinsky, 

tswnm J. r S filing of a sult Sr 
r °^?0 damages against Leeds in 

geles . s nP erl or court. Strav- 
TiJ. aSserted . ln action that, 
Leeds promotion of the pop tune, ! 
4?, ^ e i' Mpon." based on his \ 
Firebird Suite," was done with- 
out lus authority. 

^LeedsV plans for a countersuit 
are based on its being placed in an 
unfavorable light by Stravinsky's! 
charges that the title page of 

Moon', was to have carried the 
notation that it was simply an 
adaptation of the "Firebird" music, 
and not to be attributed directly to 
hmr as composer (John Klenner 
aid the lyric). Publisher holds reg- 
ular Songwriters Protective Assn. 
contracts which cite Stravinsky as 
the composer of the music of the 
melody and isn't happy with the 
widespread publication of news of 
the suit, which implies unfair prac- 
tices. *> 

..It's agreed by Leeds that the 
Firebird" music is in public do- 
main and that it could have been 
used as the basis for a pop with- 
out Stravinsky's permission. But 
since Stravinsky agreed to the use 
of his name for exploitation pur- 
poses it doesn't like being left 
holding the bag. 



Kay Starr Settles Suit 
Vs. Coast Indie Label 

Hollywood, Aug. 3. 
- Kay Starr has made a $1,200 
out-of-court settlement with Ted 
Yerxa of the bankrupt Lamplighter 
Records. Money involved guaran- 
tees which she never collected on 
the disks, which have never been 
released. 

Miss Starr's platters, in the 
meantime, had been sold by Yerxa 
to Coast label. Coast has not yet 
released any of the waxings. Miss 
Starr is now under contract to 
Capitol. 



RETAIL SHEET BEST SELLERS 



Pfi&IETY 



Survey of retail sheet music 
sales, based on reports obtained 
from leading stores in 12 cities, 
and showing comparative sales 
rating for this and Vast week. 



National 
Rating 

This Last 
wk. wk. 



Week Ending 
July 31 



Title and Publisher 



31 3 



T 

o 

T 
A 
L 

P 
O 
I 

N 

•r 
s 



1 


1 


"You Can't Be True" (Biltmore) . 


1 


1 


1 


3 


1 


1 


1 




1 


1 


2 


3 . 


105 


2 


3 


"My Happiness" (Blasco) 


5 


2 


2 


2 


2 


2 


9 


1 


2 


2 


1 


2 


100 


3 


2 


"Woody Woodpecker" (Leeds) .... 


2 


4 


3 


1 


5 




4 




3 


3 


10 


1 


82 


4' 


4 


"Tree in the Meadow" (Shapiro-B) 


4 


5 


9 


5 


7 


7 


2 


3 


5 


6 




7 


61 


5 


7 


"It's Magic" (Witmark) 


3 


7 


10 


4 


3 




7 


4 


6 






8 ' 


47 


6 


6 


"Little White Lies" (BVC) 


6 




4 


10 


6 


4 






9 


5 


7 


5 


44 


7 


7 


"You Call Everybody Darling" (M) 




3 


5 








5 


5 


4 






4 


40 


8 


5 


"Toolie Oolie Doolie" (C.K.Harris) 








6 


8 


5 


8 




7 


4 


4 


10 . 


36 


9 


10 


"Love Somebody" (Kramer-W) . . . 


7 


6 


6 










7 








6 


23 


10 


7 


"Nature Boy" (Burke-VH) 








8 




10 






8 




3 


9 


17 


11 


11 


"Maybe You'll Be There" (BVC) . . 




8 












2 


10 








13 


12 




"Now Is the Hour" (Leeds) 




9 




9 


9 












6 




11 


13 


9 


"Haunted Heart" (Williamson) . . . 










10 


6 








8 






9 



14 "Confess" (Oxford) 



Oberstein Clicks 
With 39c Disk 

Public reaction to the first couple 
of weeks of sales on Eli Oberstein's 
new 39c Varsity label is so good 
that the new company hasn't the 
[capacity to fill orders. Checks with 
l various chain outfits, such as 
iKresge. Woolworth, et al, show 
ithat each outfit has expanded 
! initial, or test, -orders when reor- 
dering the Varsity disks. 

Oberstein's approach to the prob- 
lem of marketing a cheap but well" 
; made disk is unique. He uses non- 
; name artists to make accurate re- 
[ productions of hit disks marketed 
i by other companies. It's based on 
ibis- theory that the average record 
buyer today is much more inter- 
jested in a hit song than the artists 
; who originally recorded it. There- 
fore, a recording that serves a hit 
in a manner similar to the rendi- 
tion used by the originating artists, 
is money in the bank, and at 39c 
a copy has added appeal over the 
i75c asked for the average major 
label. 

Few executives of the recording 
industry believe that Oberstein can 
clear a per-disk profit with a 39c 
tag on his platters. But apparently 
he does. 



GAC Grabs Olsen, Pieper 

Chicago, Aug. 3. 

George Olsen orch moves over 
to Gen'eral. Artists Corp. Sept. 1 
from William Morris Agency. 
Olsen joined WM after 15-year 
stay with MCA last October. 

Also picked up by GAC is the 
Leo Pieper band, which had been 
booked by the McConkey agency. 

Ken Nelson, WJJD music direc- 
tor, will head the transcription de- 
partment of Capitol Records. He 
replaces Lee Gillette, who moves 
over to the pop record division. 
Don Lavery, Nelson's ass't, takes 
over as WJJD m.d. 



Reg Connelly Due Over 
In the U.S. Next Oct. 

London, Aug. 3. 

Reg (Campbell) Connelly ready- 
ing another trip to the U. S. ,in 
October. His last American junket 
was several months ago. 

Connelly's pub firm has done 
rather well in the U. S. music mart 
what with its "Underneath the 
Arches," "Tree in the Meadow" 
and "Turkish Delight" all proving 
good "money songs." Company's 
current local bestseller, "Time May 
Change," is figured another good 
American bet. 



Eduardo Res In N.Y. 

Edmundo Ros, perhaps the No. 1 
Latin maestro in Britain, is making 
his first visit to New York since 
1935 and taking in a whirl of the 
bands of the east. Recording for 
Decca in England (London Records 
release in the U.S.), Ros doubles 
from the Bagatelle to the Astoria 
for supper. 

Maestro clippered in but returns 
tomorrow (Thursday) on the Queen 
I Elizabeth to England. 



Buddy Bernard to handle Holly- 
wood end of Richard Himber's new 
broadcast logging sheet. He's now 
in New York. 



MERCURY SETS 3 NEW 
ARTISTS, BUYS MASTERS 

Chicago, Aug 3. 

Mercury Records last week went 
on a buying spree, taking up 
masters made elsewhere and set- 
ting three new artists. First deal 
gave Mercury a batcli of Norman 
Granz's "Jazz at the Philharmonic" 
masters, which he had been re- 
leasing himself on the Clef label. 
Mercury will release a "Jazz" 
album next week. 

Company later bought 18 masters 
by Vivian Green from Trylon Rec- 
ords, as well as signing Miss Green 
herself. Then the Fisher Jubilee 
Singers, Tennessee group, Daisy 
Mae and Old Brother Charlie, Pee 
Wee Jenkins' Barn Dance Buddies, 
and Sammy Madden's Polka Band 
were signed. 




LOOKS LIKE THE BIGGEST 
THING IN AMERICA! 




Vocal by Bud Brees and Tht Gatli Sittcrs—Potm Recitation by Art Moon*y 
Backed by SUNSET TO SUNRISE 

(Art M«on«y*t Thtmt) . 

A NEW SMASH SUCCESS RECORD following "CLOVER" and "BABY FACE" 

ART MOONEY 

and his ORCHESTRA 

On MOM Record No. 10207 



M G M RECORDS 



i he c- r t -ME ; ' 



WwlneMlay, August 4, 1948 



ORCHESTRAS-MUSIC 



Leeds Tees New 
ASCAP Campaign 

Leeds Music has launched a new 
campaign with the American So- 
ciety of Composers, Authors and 
publishers to attain the availability 
rating it feels it should rightfully 
have. Now pegged at 750 points, 
Leeds has for some time sought 
1,750. More than a year ago, the 
Society's Appeals Board had 
granted a jump to 1,000 points, but 
the board of directors knocked it 
down to 750 again. . 

Leeds' new campaign is based on 
claim that since its last tiff with 
ASCAP for an availability increase, 
it has contributed "Now Is, the 
Hour" and "Gypsy" to the stand- 
ard works classification and has 
added many other songs of im- 
portance. It wants to again pre- 
sent its case to the Society's Pub- 
lishers Classification Committee. 



89 



JOHN 0 'LEAHY'S NEW POST 

John O'Leary, for years road 
manager for Glenn Miller's orches- 
tra and latterly with the Tex 
Beneke combo, leaves that post 
soon to become New York rep for 
Don Haynes, Beneke's manager. 
Haynes lives in Hollywood and 
works out of there. 

O'Leary's place with Beneke 
will be taken by Vincent Carbone, 
who'll double from sax. 



Fealnrwl In M-G-H'e 

"■IG CITY" 

DON'T 
BLAME 
ME 

Music by. . . 
JIMMY McHVGH 

ROMINS 



A GREAT 
RHYTHM BALLAD 




OXFORD 
Hit 



MUSIC 



CORPORATION 
New York 



Ward* and Mam by 

BERN IE WAYNE 

and •* 

BEN RALEIGH 

WALKIN' WITH 
MY SHADOW 

". . . spreading into another one of 
those sleeper hits."— Billboard 

JOHNSTONE MONTEI MUSIC 

IK 19 BKemdwMjr, New York. 



j Songs with Largest Radio Audience j 

The top 30 sohqs of the week based on the copyrighted Audi- 
ewe Coverage Index Survey of Popular Music Broadcast Over 
Radio Networks, Published by the Office of Research, Inc., Dr. 
John G. Peatman, Director, 



Survey Week of July 23-39, 1948 

A Fella With an Umbrella— f 'Easter Parade" 

A Tree In the Meadow 

Baby Don't Be Mad at Me 

Beyond the Sea . . 

Blue Shadows On the Trail— t "Melody Time" . . . .. . 

Bride and Groom Polka .' 

Confess 

Dolores . . , . 

Ev'ry Day I Love You— < "Two Guys From Texas" . 

Haunted Heart— *"Inside U.S.A." 

I Went Down To Virginia 

Only Happens Dance With You — t"Easter Parade". 

It's a Most Unusual Day— i "A Date With Judy" 

It's Magic— i "Romance On High Seas" 

It's You Or No One— ^'Romance On High Sea's". . . 

Judaline— f'Date With Judy". 

Just For Now 

Little Girl 

Little White Lies 

Love Of My Life 

Love Somebody 

My Fair Lady '. 

My Happiness 

Nobody But You 

P. S. I Love You 

Put 'Em In a Box— ("Romance On High Seas" 

Rhode Island Is Famous For You— ""'Inside U.S.A.". 

Sabre Dance 

Serenade (Music Played On a Heartstring) 

Steppin' Out With My Baby— f'Easter Parade". 

Tea Leaves 

Toolie Oolie Doolie 

We Just Couldn't Say Goodbye 

Woody Woodpecker 

You Call Everybody Darling 

You Can't Be True Dear 



Feist 

Shapiro-B 
Paramount 
Chappell 
Santly-Joy 
Simon 
Oxford 
Famous 
Harms 
Williamson 
Jefferson 
Berlin 
. Robbins 
Witmark 
Remick 
Robbins 
Advanced 
Leeds 
BVC 

T. B. Harms 
Kramer-W 
United 
Blasco 
Duchess 
LaSalle 
Remick 
Crawford 
Leeds 
Duchess 
Berlin 
. Morris 
C. K. Harris 
Words-Music 
Leeds 
Mayfair 
Biltmore 



The remaining 25 songs of the week, based on the copyrighted 
Audience Coverage Index Survey of Popular Music Broadcast 
Over Radio Networks. Published by the Office of Research, Inc., < ■ 
Dr. John G. Peatman, Director. 

A Boy From Texas Shapiro-B 

Best Things In Life Are Free Crawford 

Better Luck Next Time— f'Easter Parade" Feist 

Blue Bird of Happiness T. B. Harms 

Caramba It's the Samba Martin 

Crying For Joy Monacho 

Cumana Martin 

Delilah ...Encore 

Dream Peddler Southern 

Evelyn Melrose 

Everybody Loves Somebody Sinatra 

Highway to Love BMI 

I'd Love To Live In Loveland '. BVC 

Long- After Tonight . BMI 

Maybe You'll Be There .... Triangle 

Rambling Rose Laurel 

Take It Away Pemora 

Takin' Miss Mary To the. Ball Miller 

£ Tell Me a Story Laurel 

Things I Love Campbell 

This Is the Moment Robbins 

Time and Time Again London 

When the Red Red Robin Comes Bobbin Along Bourne 

You Were Meant For Me Miller - 

Yours Marks 



* Lepit Musical, t Filmusicol. 
i HIMHMIttOttl t' f «" »* * ********* ****** 



— Continued from page tl s=, 
Moon." "Tennessee Central" 
i "Thank God," 'Upid.es,' B.lly 
Boy" and "For He's a. Jolly Good 
'Fellow" in Columbia s Smoky 
i Mountain Melody" . Freddy Stew- 
;«t opens at Manchester Club July 
j 29, for four weeks, with options, ai 
!$L250 per week. 

King Cole Trio takes off on west 
coast tour Aug. 6 at Bakersfield: 
l paying Balboa Aug, 7; El Cernto, 
week Aug. 17; Portland. 27; Seattle 
1 28, winding with two weeks at 
Palomar Club, Vancouver, Aug. 30. 

Freddy Martin's four-weeks at 
■ Waldorf Astoria, N.Y., open Thurs- 
day ( 5 ) -Ike Carpenter orchestra 



will back Frankie Laine during 
week at Million Dollar Theatre, 
starting Aug. 31 . . . Freddie Fish- 
er's Schnicklefritz band opens La 
Kotas, Milwaukee Aug. 2 . . . Ginny 
Jackson re-joined Spade Cooley's 
oat group. 



PREP BOTE U. S. 
SHOWCASE FOR BARELL 

Aram Barell, French maestro 
who sings in English as well as 
French and who plays trumpet, is 
to be brought to the U. S. in the 
fall by Billy Shaw, Gale Agency 
executive. Shaw" signed a- contract 
with Barell during his last trip 
to Paris with a jazz band o£ U. S. 
musicians, to represent him on 
this side of the ocean. 

Barell plays both "commercial" 
and jazz trumpet and sings in Eng- 
lish with a Charles Boyer type of 
accent and trades people who have 
heard recordings by Barell arc 
high on his chances of succeeding; 
in the U. S. band industry. He's 
to be launched here, when plans 
are solidified, with a huge exploita- 
tion and promotion campaign. One 
of the major U. S. recording com- 
panies, incidentally, is also deeply 
interested in his shift of operations 
to the U. S. It's probatJle that be- 
fore Barell leaves France, •' this 
disker will record him extensively 
in Paris, as a means of course of 
avoiding the U. S. AFM's record- 
ing ban. . 



Sherman Sets 
Herman Debut 

Chicago, Aug. 3. 

Woody Herman's orchestra has 
been signed to debut the return to 
a name band policy by the Panther 
Room, Sherman hotel. Ernie By- 
field, operator of the hostelry, con- 
cluded a deal with Herman over 
the- weekend which calls for him 
to open Oct. 15 for four weeks, 
followed by Lionel Hampton for 
four. Joe Glaser, of Associated 
Booking, made the deals. 

Panther niche, which has been 
closed to name bands for more 
than a year because of a combina- 
tion of high prices and weak b.oi,' 
has used a policy of name singers- 
and . small jazz combos in the in- 
terim. Room is now being* re- 
modeled. 

Frankie Carle is still looking for 
a singer to fill daughter Marjorie 
Hughes" spot. Miss Hughes has 
left the band under doctor's or- 
ders. ' • 



jjuuuua^aaxo^r 

Box Office Champions \ 

HORACE HEIDT'S 

"PARADE OF STARS" 

ORIENTAL. Chicago. Two Weeks 
.Aug. 5 and 12 
HIPPODROME. Baltimore 
Week Aug. 22 



Chicago 

Vic Lombardo band into the 
Edgewater Beach Oct. 22 for four 
weeks . , . Honey Dreamers re- 
corded the "Wisconsin Song" for 
free distribution at the Wisconsin 
State Centennial . . . George Olsen 
does a one-weeker at Muehlebach 
hotel, Kaycee, Sept. 15 . . . Disk 
jocks Ernie Simon, Dave Garroway. 
Linn Burton and Eddie Hubbard 
packaged for ' "licago theatre, Aug. 
13-26, with He Die Fields' orch. . , . 
Ina Ray .' utton into Lookout 
House, Covington. Ky., Aug. 30, for 
four weeks . . . Dave Rose penning 
"Holiday for the Harmonioats." . . . 
Illinois Jacquet set for Club Sil- 
houette, starting Aug. 14 . . . Ella 
Fitzgerald and Dick Davis combo 
opening duo-weeker at the Tia- 
juana Club. Cleve.. Aug. 21 . . . 
Rosemary Wayne added a quarter- 
hour six-days-a-week to her line-up 
I of deejay stints on WJJD Monday 
(2) . . . Al Freidman to take over 
Coast office of Porgie Music . . . 
Mildred Bailev into Blue Note for 
two weeks, Sept. 7 . . . ilarmonicats 
hit the Roxy theatre. K Y.. Aug. 
25 ,". . Guests inked for Revere 
Camera's air show include Mel 
Torme Aug. 19 and Clark Dennis 
Aug. 26 . . . Johnny "Scat Davis 
on indefinite run at Capitol Lounge. 

BRILL TURNS AGENT 

Sam Brill, Jack Pearl's nephew, 
has switched to agenting. He s 
joined the Al Grossman office 

Previously, he was with Mellir 
Music Corp. and Famous Music 
Corp. 



bmi 

HIT TUNES FOR AUGUST 
(On Records) 
CHILLICOTHE, OHIO «MelKn! 

Peggy Mann-Eddie Heywood— Vic. 20-2839 
Art Maoney— MGM 10230 »• Four Tunes— Manor 1017 
Le* Brown— Col.* 

DELILAH 

Glonn Miller-Vic. 20-2942 • Heroce Meidt-Col. 34370 * 
Buddy Clark-Ok*h 6403 • Mills Brothers— Dec. 4108 
'Dick Jurgwis— Okeh 4389 

DREAM PEDDLER, THE ciw 

Frankie Carle-Col. 38036 • Hal DrTrwin— Cap. 411 
Sammy Kayo— Vic. 20-2632 • Snooky Ionian— More. 3124 
Marry Roy— London 225 • - Del Courtney— Vita.* 

FOOLIN' (Joy.Der) 

Francis Craig-Bullef 1013 • fd McMutlen-Crown 11-164 
Gloria Carroll— Back Bay* 

I WANT TO CRY (Ex«.ui#ri 

Chris Cross— Sterling 4004 • Savannah Churchill— Master .1129 
Dinah Washington— Mercury (082 • Phil Reed— Dance-Ten* 214 

IT'S SO PEACEFUL IN THE COUNTRY (K*g«t> 

Mildred Bail.y-Dec. 39S3 • Bab Chester— Bluebird 11227 
CharKo Spivak-Ok.h 6291 • Harry Jom*s-C*l. 34244 

Jan Savitt-Vic. 27444 

JUST BECAUSE .r«*r> 

Frank Yankovic-Col. 38072 ■ Ion* Star Cowboys-Vic. 20-2941 
T. Park*r's Four Jocks-P.ldo 1002 • Th* »oHcat**rs-Cont. 122S 

Sheriff T. Ow*ns-Mer.4086 • Riley 5 he pard— Embassy 1003 
Al George -Sig. 15207 • Penn- Jersey String Band— Metro. 20-01 
Jo* Gumin-Chord 664 • Dick Stabile-Dec. 24376 
Al G*org*-Mast*r 101 • Eddy Howard-Mai. 1231 

LONG AFTER TONIGHT (imd ~ 

Kate Smith-MGM 10157 • Andy Russell-Cap. 15055 
Betty Rhodes-Vic. 20-2737 • Sn*«ky laman-Morc. 5095 
Yv*H*— Vitacoustic 919 • Russ Titus— Musicana 14 

SERENADE— music played on a heartstring 

! Duchess) 

Buddy Clark-Ray Noble— Col. 38091 • Jan Garber-Cap. 15043 
Bob Eberly-Russ Morgan — Dec. 24374 • Jerry Wald-Com. 7503 
John laureni— Merc. 5099 

SOMEONE CARES (Pared*) 

Vaughn Monroe- Vic. 20-2471 a Art Lund— MGM 10170 
Franks. Cork— Col. 38130- • Mint Brothers-Dec. 24409 
Al Gaorgo-Master 101 • Eddy Howord-Maj. 1231 

SPRING CAME (Republic) 

Sammy Kaye— Vic. 20-2886 
TAKE IT AWAY (femora) 

tnric Madrigv*ra-Dec. 24460 • Emit Coleman-Deluxe 1010 
Xavier Cugat-Col. 38239 • Edmundo Ros-london 230 

TIME AND TIME AGAIN (London) 

Wayne King-Buddy Clark-Vic. 27516 • Eddy Duchin-Col. 360S9 I 
Bob Chester-Bluebird 11 172 • Tommy Tucker-Okeh 6177 

WALKIN' WITH MY SHADOW (John.tone-Mont.il 
Four Knights-Dec. 48014 • Jimmie Valentine Quartet-Varsity 107 I 
Jack McLean-Wayne Gregg— Coast 8001 • Monica Lewis— Sig. 15229 
YOURS (Mark.) 



Xavier Cugat-Vic. 26384 • 
Benny Goodman— Col. 36067 
Andy Russell-Cap. 10112 
Nat Brand wynne— Dec. 3913 
E. LeBaron— Dec. 25205 
G. Carter— B C W 3005 
Cuba Libre Six-Coda 5004 



Jimmy Dorsey— Dec. 25121 

• Eddy Howard-Col. 37995 
a Tito Guiior— Vic. 27410 

• Phil Reed— Dance-Tone 17 

• Ben Light— Tempo 598 

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Wednesday, August 4, 1948 



iper 

Gets McCoy Promoter 
Indary^Ind^Mfgr. 

John W. Anderson Co., Gary, 
ind.. maker of automobile wind- 
shield wipers, has gone all out in 
promotion for Tony Pastor's 

fS ds £l e l d ^P er " recording 
(Columbia) issued a few weeks 
Pack. Anderson has bought 13 
weeks of spot announcements, 
tim *s weekly, on various 
mid -western stations, plugging 
Pastor's recording. 
- A " d «son also purchased 3,600 

?! a?T$K* disk to be distributed 
and tied-in with the spots. 



BALLROOM MGR. HEAVES 
BOMB IN NICK OF TIME 

Russells Point, O., Aug. 3. 

A homemade bomb was found 
sputtering early Wednesday morn- 
ing (28) in Danceland, large frame 
dance hall and refreshment build- 
ing at this Indian Lake, Ohio, re- 
sort spot. 

Jack Stone, manager, was told 
by the night watchman, of a pow- 
der fuse burning toward a strange 
carton at one end of the ballroom 
floor. Stone picked up the bomb, 
carried it 60 feet and tossed it into 
a parking lot north of the building, 
where it exploded eight minutes 
later. 



Negro Musicians Open 
25th Convensh Aug. 22 

Columbus, Aug. 3. 

National Assn. of Negro Musi- 
cians will hold its 25th annual con- 
vention here Aug. 22-25 at Shiloh 
Baptist church, Columbus chapters 
of NANM and the Music Lovers 
Guild acting as hosts. 

W. C. Handy, "St. Louis Blues" 
composer, will head the list of 
noteworthy musicians who plan to 
to attend. Clarence H. Wilson is 
president of the org, and Helen 
Carter Moses is chairman of ar- 
rangements. 




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Bands at Hotel B.O.'s 



Band • 

Guy Lombardo 
Skitch Henderson . 
Bernie Cummins* . 
Dick Jurgens 



Hotel 

Waldorf (400; $2) 

Pennsylvania (500; $1-$1.50). 
New Yorker (400; $1-$1.50). 



Week* 
riuyed 

. 8 
. . 4 
. 0 



. Astor (700; $1-$1.50) 3 



Coven 
Past 
Week 

2,975 

1,073 

675 

2,450 



Total 
Cover* 
On Data 

24,675 

5,025 

675 

8,450 



* New Yorker, ice show. 



Chicago 

George Olsen (Beachwalk, Edgewater Beach; $1.50-$2.50 min.). Hot 
weather helped this outdoor spot. Fine 12,000. 

Benny Strong (Boulevard Boom, Stevens, 650; $3.50 min., $1 cover). 
Kept pace with last week's draw of 3,300. 

Florian ZaBach (Empire Room, Palmer House, 550; $3.50 min., $1 
cover). Summer revue hit a pleasing $3,400. 



Los Angeles 

Frankie Laine, Shep Fields (Ambassador, 900; $1.50-$2). Excellent 
3,200 tabs. ., 
Jan Garber (Biltmore, 900; $1-$1.50). Strong 2,800 covers. 



Location Jobs, Not in Hotels 

(Cliicaqo) 

Marty Gould (Chez Paree, 500; $3.50 min.). Danny Thomas still the 
big draw with giant 5,800. 

Charlie Splvak (Aragon; $1-$1.15 adm.). In for two-week run; hefty 
17,000. 

AI Trace (Blackhawk, 500; $2.50 min ). New Hill Billy Monday Night 
hypoed total to 3,300. 
George Winslow (Trianon; $1-$1.15 adm.). Fair 12,000 first week. 



(Los Angeles) 

Buddy Rich, Helen Forrest (Palladium B., Hollywood, 4th wk.). Poor 
6,500 callers. 

Frankie Masters (Aragon B., Santa Monica, 3rd wk.). Steady 6,800. 
: ♦ 



Band Review 

CHARLIE FISKE ORCH (12) 
With Ginny Coon, Glen Canfield 
Glen Is. Casino, New Rochelle, N. Y. 

Charlie Fiske's orchestra is new 
to the eastern territory, heretofore 
having been confined to the mid- 
west. But it stands a good chance 
of hauling itself out of the category 
of "territorial combos" on the basis 
of what it shows ' at this spot, A in 
conjunction with Vic Damone (see 
nitery reviews). 

Bear in mind that this combina- 
tion of four brass, four sax, three 
rhythm as no Claude Thornhill, .et 
al, whose chances at success were 
based on a new approach to ar- 
ranging pop and standards. Fiske's 
bid is based on fundamentals, that 
too many top-name maestros have 
lately by-passed (1) good dance 
music, (2) a college-boy appearance 
throughout the entire band, and (3) 
an obvious attempt to please the 
customers. 

Perhaps the most surprising 
thing about this combo is the 
amount of music drawn from the 
limited instrumentation. You must 
count twice to be certain that 
there's only 11 musicians, plus 
Fiske's Charlie Spivak style trum- 
peting. Yet it sounds as full as 
many larger outfits and delivers a 
dance beat that surpasses most. 
Worked into the library is a num- 
ber of choral and novelty numbers 
that employ the entire personnel, 
nicely relieving the straight dance 
arrangements, which, incidentally, 
all also colorfully written. 

Ginny Coon, a daughter of the 
former co-leader of the old Coon- 
Sanders orchestra, handles vocals 
along with Glen Canfield. She's a 
cute trick who does nice work, but 
she's surpassed by Canfield, who 
turns up excellent ballads. Fiske 
himself, a crew-cut youngster who 
gives the impression of still being 
a bit self-conscious when not blow- 
ing, also participates in vocals. 

Wood. 



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WALDMAN'S DALLAS DATE 

Dallas, Aug. 3. 

Herman Waldman brings his 
orchestra to the Hotel Adolphus 
Century Room on Aug. 12 opening , 
simultaneously with the premiere 
of Dorothy Franey's new ice revue. | 

Band replaces Tommy Cunning- ] 
ham and his orchestra who have ! 
had the longest continuous run in 
local history. i 



A Sure SWEET Hit! 

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Composer of tlic Hit Tune p 

"MY HAPPINESS" 

wishes to express his appreciation to 
friends and music lovers who helped to 
make "MY HAP"tmrss» a top tune fat 
America. 

BORNEY BERGANTINE, Composer 

52SSO B. 7th St., Kansas City, Mo. 

"MY HAPPINESS"— Lyric* by Betty Peterson 
Published by Blasco Music Co.. Inc., A.S.c.flj.p. 




Wednesday, August 4, 1948 



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41 



New Talent, Bands Seen Nudging High 
Priced Acts Out of B'way Deluxers 



Despite decrease of playing time* 
on Broadway, more new faces and 
bands have been able to break into 
presentation houses that in many 
years previously. The ability of 
new personnel to penetrate the 
major houses is, for one reason, 
caused by the inability of some of 
the more expensive names to pay 
off at the b o. 

Paramount theatre, N. Y., has 
probably been the most consistent 
user of new talent. During the 
past year, theatre has projected 
such newcomers as Georgie Kaye, 
who's previous Broadway ap- 
pearances were confined to the 
now vaudeless Loew's State, and 
was the first to play Mel Tonne 
and Frankie Laine. Harry Levine, 
the house booker, has signed Jack 
Leonard for a September stand, 
his first at that house. 

Among new bands that have 
bowed there recently are Buddy 
Moreno, Ray Anthony and Ray 
Eberle. Latter is set for repeat on 
next show. Other new talent and 
bands are being set «to follow. 

The experiment has, so far, 
proven successful. In some cases, 
there's been little difference in 
values and boxoffice offered by a 
$500 act and one who gets $2,500 
or more. Some of the newcomers 
have been re-signed for later ap- 
pearances at a salary hike, but the 
wage will still be under that paid 
acts in the past. 

Although the Paramount ^will, in 
some cases, repeat higher priced 
performers and bands, the house 
will generally attempt to make the 
run with less expensive shows and 
fresh talent. , 



A.C. Syndicate May Take 
Over Paddock Club 



Kay Thompson To Coast 
On Possible Legit Musical 

After her current Piping Rock, 
Saratoga, N. Y., engagement, Kay 
Thompson huddles with Bob Alton 
on the Coast with an eye to stag- 
j ing five new numbers, and also 
I that hoped-for Broadway legit mu- 
| sical. 

Much of that depends on the 
Metro studios disposition to give 
Alton a leave, and part of the 
songstress' powwow will be with 
M-G producer Arthur Freed who 
| must OK Alton's sabbatical. 
; Team, during its first year, are 



« Atlantic City, Aug. 3. 
The Paddock International, one 
of the resort's top flight niteries, 
shuttered early in June when spot 

Se V^SS'SZ r°e- j porte d to have grossed $ 436,000. 
opened if city rulers grant transfer 
of license. 

Commissioners are pondering j 
plea of Paul-Morris Corp., which 
would transfer Boardwalk license 
of Louis Friedberg and reopen the 
club. City limits liquor licenses 
here to 300. As quota is filled, 
only way spot can resume business ! 
is by th< transfer of a license held 
by another bar. 



held 



The Paddock license was 
by Mrs. Rebecca Kravis. 

Paddock has large circular bar 
in front with cabaret in rear. It 
had floor shows throughout the 
season. 



Georgie Price Sparks 
Omaha Fiesta Show 
To New Record High 

Omaha, August 4. 

Georgie Price set a new attend- 
ance record at the second Ak-Sar- 
Ben "Stars Under The Stars" sum- 
mer show Friday night (30). A lit- 
tle over 11,000 were in the stand. 
Attraction was Price, Charlie Mag- 
nante. accordionist and duo-pian- 
ist* Mario Braggiotti and Jack 
Chaikin. Accent of the program 
was on fun and light melodies 
which crowd ate up. 

After the show, a smash, Price 
said he was mulling a concert tour 
with Magnante and the pianists. 
Figures that with such a response 
from a cross-section audience, tour 
ought to get money. Only item in 
addition was a 15-piece orch. 

Fact that the show was free to 
Ak-Sai-Ben members is nothing 
against its drawing power. Many 
an "Ak" show has been presented 
under the same circumstances and 
drew around 5,000 to 6,000. That 
Ihey came out in such numbers and 
ran the show late with heavy ap- 
plause proved that it was the show 
thai drew. 

Price, who hasn't been here since 
old Orpheum bigtime vaude days, 
was given a tumultuous ovation. 

Under Back in N.Y. To 



Saratoga Talent 
Bright But Looks 
Dark for Casinos 

Saratoga Springs, N. Y., Aug. 3. 
Saratoga cafe owners aren't 
happy about the prospects of this 
season. The okay on casino opera- 
tion hasn't come down, and the 
■ backroom operators are fearful 
j that any attempts at "sneak-gam- 
bling" will be squelched not only 
by local police, but by N.Y. state 
I troopers as well. There have been 
some raids on horse parlors indi- 
cating that the lid is on tight. How- 
ever, the lake-front cafes on the 
outskirts of town are putting on a 
bright front with expensive talent 
outlays. 

The Saratoga fave, Joe E. Lewis, 
Kay Thompson and the Williams 
Bros., at the Piping Rock, and a 
capsule version of the erstwhile 
Broadway ■ musical, "Hold It," 
headed by Jean Carroll and the 
Glenns, at Delmonico's (formerly 
.Riley's), spark Spa night club fare 
is no longer in as active head, that for the open j ng of t he annual rac- 
he. while prexy. had devoted most | ing season. For the first time in 



New Frederick 
Agency Mixup 

Chicago, Aug. 3. 
Ankling of Tom Kettering, vee- 
pee, and Herb Pauley, office man- 
ager, from Frederick Bros. Chi 
agency several weeks ago has cre- 
ated some interesting develop- 
ments. According to Kettering, 
L. A. Frederick, prexy of outfit, 



of his time to the real estate busi 
ness. Kettering talked to him last 
week, and he is said to have admit- 
ted being unfamiliar with dev#op- 
ments that had taken place in the 
last year. 

B. W. Frederick, temporary head 
of the Chi office, is said to have 
sold a piece of the agency to Tony 
Cavalier, Youngstown, Ohio, nitery 
operator. However, even with new 
coin, 'several of the orch leaders 
are in arrears. Ray Pearl, orch 
leader, is said to be owed upward 
of $1,000 in deposit dough, al- 
though he has not pressed any 
claim as yet. 



Jack Linder, who headed his own 
indie booking agency in New York 
prior to \ nude's collapse and later 
went to Hollywood to set up pix 
talent agency, plans a return to 
former operations in N. Y. Back 
from the Coast Monday (2), he im- 
mediately set up plans for estab- 
lishing an indie vaude booking 
agency here. He'll retain his Hol- 
lywood agency, with his son, Sey- 
mour, and Norman Rice handling 
matters there. Unless present 
Plans go awry, booker plans to 
shuttle between both agencies, but 
will headquarter in N. Y. 

Before talking pictures nudged 
vaude out of indie and chain the- 
atres in N. Y. and elsewhere, Lin- 
«er s Booking Agency had been one 
of the toppers in the field, contem- 
porary with Fally Markus, Gus Sun 
and Frank Keeney agencies. His 
office eventually took over book- 
ings of Keeney chain when it 
snaved down to six or seven houses. 
*or a consistently long time the 
finder Agency booked 120 indie 
nouses, comprising about a dozen 
full-week stands, the others being 



TORONTO RELAXES TALE 
BAN IN SMALL CAFES 

Toronto, Aug. 3. 
Following recent ban on live 
talent in the smaller bistros, liquor 
license board has reversed deci- 
sion in part and will permit a 
pianist in spots seating less than 
hundred customers and an instru- 
mental trio where capacity is over 



years, Arrowhead Inn is dark, At- 
torney Jack Adler, for Arrowhead, 
Inc., announcing that it had not 
been leased. 

Outhwaite's (formerly the 
Meadowbrook) is slated to open 
tomorrow (4) with Imogene Coca 
and Emery Deutsch's orchestra. 
Newman's year-round spot, pre- 
sents a new featured singer, Bern- 
ice Byers, who has been at the 
Waldorf-Astoria and the Roosevelt 
hotel in New York. Freddy Her- 
man's orchestra provides the music, 
and the Clicquot Club Trio enter- 
tains in the cocktail lounge. 

Appearing with the headliners 
at Piping Rock (managed by Nat 
Harris, of New York's Harem) are 
Jerry Coyle, radio singer; Vin- 
cent Travers' orchestra, Val Ol- 
man's Society Band, Copsey & 
Ayres, Marcia Leighton, M. Piros- 
ka, Nevada Smith and Wally Wan- 
ger Girls. Chris O'Brien, tenor, 
is in the cocktail room. 

The streamlined edition of 
"Hold It" is titled "We Found Us 
An Angel," reference being to An- 
thony Brady Farrell, wealthy Al- 
.ibany industrialist." Farrell, who 
that figure. New ruling was reached I had a ringside table Monday night, 
after several discussions between | decided to become a Broadway 
the board and the legal department , prodllcer wnile visiting Saratoga 
of the musicians union. Meanwhile, j ]ast August He spent $300,000 on 
for obscure reasons yet to be ; .' Ho i d i t ;» which may reopen in 
ironed out, new regulations still j Sep tember at the Warner Theatre, 
ban singers, ventriloquists and N Y ., recently purchased by Far 
juggling acts. re u_ Night club version, which has 

Union action was prompted when 
liquor license board inspectors 
unexpectedly walked in to advise 
nitery owners that no live talent 
would be permited unless one fifth 
of floor space was devoted to danc- 
ing. Bonifaces countered that cus- 
tomers in the smaller spots did not 
want to dance. That operating ex- 
penses did not permit taking out 
of tables to provide that required 
20% of dance floor space, that art- 
ists were all union members and 
held long-term contracts. However, 
niterv men have been warned by 
the liquor license board to restrict 
long-term contracts as such new 
live talent permission may be with- 
drawn at any time at the discretion 
of the board. 

Jacoby's Triple Chores 

Hollywood, Aug. 3. 

Deal is on whereby Herbert Ja- 
coby, who operates Le Directoire 
and Blue Angel in N. Y., with Max 
Gordon, will take over entertain- 
ment policies at the Beverly Wil- 
shire hotel, Beverly Hills, and the 
Blackstone hotel, Chicago. 

Its reported Arnold Kirkeby, 
operator of both inns, wants Ja- 
coby to institute policies that click- 
ed in the Gotham cafes. 



Lou Walters m Quick-Change Act 
In OK ing TV Stint for Willie Shore 



Ringlings Turn Other 
Cheek to Plug Rival Show 

Minneapolis, Aug. 3. 

During its two-day stand here 
Ringling Bros., Barnum & Bailey 
circus devoted a considerable por- 
tion of its newspaper display ads 
to plugging the Aquatennial, an- 
nual summer mardi gras, with 
which it was competing. The lower 
third of the ads, after telling read- 
ers to see their grocer for a genu- 
ine miniature 3-ring circus, said, 
"and don't miss the Minneapolis 
Aquatennial." 

Ads were a good-will gesture. 
Aquatennial Assn. had unsuccess- 
fully opposed permit for circus' ap- 
pearance during festival because, 
it was contended, the competition 
would injure attendance at Aqua- 
tennial events. Circus played to 
turnaway crowds each of two 
nights and to near-capacity after- 
noon attendance at $1.50-$3.00 
scale. 



Andrews Sisters 
Boff London Hit 



London, Aug. 3. 

American acts continue as the 
top/applause winners on the Lon- 
don variety stages. New bill at the 
Palladium is in keeping with the 
high standards set by previous 
shows with U. S. talent. The 
Andrews Sisters, who are well- 
known here because of their Decca 
recordings, excited the audience 
with their numbers. They were 
obliged to overstay their allotted 
time because of demands for en- 
cores. They did 55 minutes on 
the first show and 65 minutes on 
the second. 

Frank Marlowe, a holdover from 
the previous show, has been re- 
tained for the third show in a row, 
but has been forced out for a few 
days because of a leg injury. 
Comedian Lew Parker was also af- 
forded a warm reception by the 
audiences at this show. 

The sisters drew ' unanimous 
raves from the London critics. 
Times' appraiser declared that the 
Palladium becomes "one gigantic 
party." David Lewin of the Daily 
Express wrote that the audience 
gave the Andrews Ssisters "the 
Danny Kaye roar" while the Daily 
Herald stated that "the fans were 
aroused to a frenzy." 



♦ Lou Walters, Latin Quarter 
N. Y., operator, last week about- 
faced on his television stand, and 
permitted Willie Shore to go on 
Ed Sullivan's CBS-TV "Toast of 
the Town" and will allow him to 
play the Texaco Star Theatre 
(NBC-TV). Granting of permission 
to do these shows represents a 
change of mind on the clause in 
the LQ contracts which forbids 
performers from doubling into 
video. 

Walters gave his permission 
prior to entraining for the Coast 
with his partner in the nitery, E. 
M. Loew. 

The incident caused a consid- 
erable flurry at the American 
Guild of Variety Artists. Union 
execs late last week investigated 
the incident to determine whether 
"pressure" had been applied to get 
Walters to change his mind on the 
video stance. Willie Shore was 
called in and he testified that prior 
to Walters' departure, permission 
was granted to work both shows. 
He had already signed contracts to 
appear on the Sullivan show, Sun- 
day (3) and had been inked for 
the Texaco layout on a later date. 
William Morris agency, booking 
the Texaco show, declared that 
Shore had not been set for that 
display. Walters corroborated Shore 
in a long-distance call from the 
Coast. 

Shore's fee on the Sullivan show 
was the prevailing scale of $75. Fee 
on the Texaco layout would have 
been $1,000. Latter pjjee has vir- 
tually become standard with Tex- 
aco for top-cut comics. 

Morris agency execs wanted 
Shore for that show, but since his 
appearance with Sullivan, are 
doubtful that he'll go on for some 
time. 



a cast of 30, will run at Delmon- 
ico's for the entire month. The 
Peyson Re band is also on tap. 

The American Guild of Variety 
Artists Monday.(2) collected a $4,- 
000 bond from operators of Del- 
monico's. Union had wired per- 
formers not to go on until bond 
was posted. Matter was subse- 
quently adjusted. 

SUES TO ENJOIN RIVAL'S 
USE OF 'AQUA FOOL' TAG 

Minneapolis, Aug. 3. 
Federal court here granted an 
injunction to Laurence (Larry) 
Griswold, appearing in the "Water 
Follies" to restrain use of his 
comedy diving act, "The Aqua 
Fool," without permission. . 

In suit filed against F. W. (Nick) 
Kahler, promoter of Northwest 
and other Sportsmen's shows, and 
Ed Jones, diver, Griswold claimed 
Jones, one of Sportsmen's show 
acts, had infringed on his copy- 
righted act. 



RESORT BOOKERS MAKE 
PEACE IN AGVA ARB. 

Bookman U Fransky, mountain 
resort bookers, made a partial 
peace last week with the American 
Guild of Variety Artists. Bookers 
who were up on carpet by union 
told AGVA that they would have 
Roy Gerber and Jackie Bryce take 
out agent franchises, and promised 
to give' Rex Webber a date in one 
of the resort spots they book. 

Webber complained to union that 
bookers had reneged on a verbal 
commitment made to him. B&K 
said Gerber, working in their of- 
fice, would apply for associate 
franchise through the Artists Rep- 
resentatives Assn, Bryce will apply 
for own franchise and. operate in- 
dependently. 

Sole charge remaining against 
the bookers is for asking talent to 
appear gratis at a recent testi- 
monial at the Yankee Stadium, 
N. Y., for hoofer Bill Robinson. 

Outcome of this will await the 
return of Theatre Authority exec 
secretary Alan Corelli's secretary. 
Bookers claim she phoned them 
that since stadium affair was not 
a benefit, it would be okay. Corelli 
stated he left instructions to the 
effect that "it would be okay to 
play it — provided AGVA ap- 
proved." She's expected back next 
week. 



Gracie Barrie into Mounds Club, 
Cleveland, Aug. 11. Follows with 
El Rancho, Las Vegas, Sept. 27, and 
Chez Paree, Chicago, Oct. 29. 



Shrincr for N.Y, Copa? 

Deal is on for Herb Shriner to 
double from "Inside USA" into the 
Copacabana, N. Y., starting Sept. 9. 
Bill will be headlined by Lena 
| Horne. 

i The deal is expected to be closed 
I by William Morris agency this 
I week. 



Most N.Y. Clubs Which 
Closed for Summer Wilt 
Reopen But Some Doubtful 

The roster of fall nitery open- 
ings in New York as yet isn't as 
large as the list of the cafes that 
closed for the summer. The major 
clubs still uncertain are the Carni- 
val and La. Martinique. Others will 
reopen after Labor day. 

As for the Carnival, operator 
Nicky Blair is looking for an at- 
traction strong enough to lure cus- 
tomers west of Broadway. Blair 
previously tried a variety of head- 
liners but few brought in business. 
This time he's waiting for the 
right name to come along before 
he'll relight. 

La Martinique's Dario^, prefers to 
wait until a definite pattern for 
the season is established, Dario 
had been considering the idea of 
employing intime policy ala Blue 
Angel-Le Ruban Bleu and chang- 
ing spot's tag to La Chanson. 

Le Directoire, the Max Gordon- 
Herbert Jacoby operation, is still 
seeking a headliner for its preem 
show. Gordon had been dickering 
with Beatrice Lillie to double from 
"Inside USA." However, no such 
deal has been set. The other Gor- 
don-Jacoby enterprise, Blue Angel, 
is set for a Sept. 14 preem. 

The Embassy, recently bought 
by David Lowe, is also planning a 
September preem. The Glass Hat 
of the Belmont Plaza hotel, is also 
planning to restore acts next 
month. 

The Persian Room of the Plaza 
hotel ushers in season Sept. 23 
with Paul Draper and Rosalind 
Courtwright. Charles Trenet will 
follow in on Oct. 21. 

One of the major question marks 
is the Harem. It's definite that 
operator Nat Harris plans to re- 
open, but it's likely he'll keep spot 
dark until a headliner of sufficient 
potency comes along. 



Earlc, Phiily, May 

Restore Stageshows 

The Earlc theatre, Philadelphia, 
is expected to resume stage shows 
Aug. 27 with a road company of 
"Stop the Music," radio giveaway 
show. Music Corp. of America is 
dickering with' Warner talent buy- 
ers Harry Mayer and Don Sher- 
wood, and expect to cinch deal this 
week. 

Philly is currently without a 
centre-city vaude outlet. Its only 
current vauder, Carman theatre, is 
a nabe house. 



Foldo of Swank Pitt Membership 
Clubs Ends Honeymoon for Top Acts 



Wednesday, August 4, 1948 



Pittsburgh, Aug. 3. 
Honeymoon for 



i°o r cioTeKLber- j Ohio Niteries Given Clean 
Bill in Gambling Probe 

Columbus, Aug. 3. 
Grand juries sitting in Sandusky 
and Bucyrus could find no evidence 
i of gambling in state-licensed tav- 
erns in Erie and Crawford coun- 



ship clubs, the Bachelors and the 
Hunting and Pishing, is over as a 
result of the grand jury investiga- 
tion of spots. Bachelors has 
dropped shows altogether and 
Hunting and Fishing has closed 
down for couple of months, osten- 
sibly to remodel. 

two spots had been making it 
plenty tough on the regular down- 
town bistros, paying more dough [department enforcement chief, 
tnan the places open to the public I WO uId continue his investigation in 
could afford and at the same time | the area 
offering an added inducement to _ 
the acts in the form of abbreviated 
weeks — at Bachelors only five days 
and single show nightly.- 
- Not only that, but they were 
holding out added inducements in 
form of high-stakes bingo games, 
with a $1,000 top prize and flock of 
smaller one.s. Result was that there 
was practically no late business &: 
all. in Golden Triangle, with most 
of the trade moving out to the 

East Liberty district for the big | night's receipts. They also forced 



ties, Liquor Director Dale Dunifon 
said Thursday (29). Juries recessed 
without returning indictments. 
Dunifon said Donald T. Geyer, 



CHI BANDITS GET 3iG 
IN RIO CABANA STICKUP 

Chicago, Aug. 3. 
Rio Cabana, nitery was robbed of 
$3,500 Sat. (31) morning. Three 
gunmen, one carrying a sawed-off 
shot gun, broke in and forced the 
secretary to turn over Friday 



names and the big stakes 

Elsewhere, too, the act situation 
ja, tightening up locally. Vogue 
Terrace dropped floorshows last 
week, and is now using acts only 
on weekends while Ankara club 
eliminated shows early in the 
summer. 



Calloway, Rose Murphy 
Pacted for B'way-Cap, Det. 

Two more stageshows have been 
booked for the Broadway-Capitol 
Detroit, next month. 

Cab Calloway opens there Aug. 
13, featuring Peggy Mann. The 
following week Harry Babbitt and 
Rose Murphy will head bill. 





HUSSON 



"Mr. Everybody" 

just concluded: 

• Olympic*, Miami 

• Embassy Club 

Jacksonville 

• Five O'Clock Club 

Miami Beach 

currently: 

• Henry Grady Hotel 

Atlanta 

personal management 

• Phil Offin 

48 W. 48th St.. 

New York City. N. Y. 



Harry Jacobson, co-owner with his 
brother, to open the safe. 

Police believe it might have been 
an inside job. 



Gleason Ankles Musical 
For Pitt Nitery Date 

Pittsburgh, Aug. 3. 

First word that Jackie Gleason 
had bowed out of Monte Proser'-s 
new musical, "Heaven On Earth," 
came when Jackie Heller an- 
nounced he had booked the comic 
at his Carousel next week. Gleason 
only a fortnight ago did "Rosalie" 
for al fresco company at Pitt Sta- 
dium and had been widely publi- 
cized locally over fact that outdoor 
production made him several days 
late in reporting for rehearsals of 
new show. As a matter of fact, he 
almost came cancelling out "Ros- 
alie" on account of the Broadway 
commitment. 

It'll be a return engagement for 
Gleason at the Carousel. He played 
there last summer, too, immediately 
following and on the strength of 
his Stadium click in the same mus- 
ical, "Rosalie," recent presentation 
having been a repeat. 



Tin Pan Alley, Chi Nitery, 
Closed on Tax Rap 

Chicago, Aug. 3. 
Tin Pan Alley, north side bistro, 
was shuttered by Internal Revenue 
agents last week for failure to pay 
taxes. 

Revenue collector said that own- 
er, Ben Asher, owed $18,000 in in- 
come, withholding and Social Se- 
curity taxes. If matter is not ad- 
justed by Asher, the club fixtures 
will be auctioned. 



BUFF'S TOWN CASINO SET 

Town Casino, Buffalo, N. Y., is 
slated to reopen Sept. 11 with Rose 
Marie topping the bill. 

Harry Altman, spot's operator, 
plans to continue top budget shows. 




Atlantic City Clubs 
Geared for Racing Trade 

Atlantic City, Aug. 3. 

The bangtails start running at 
the Atlantic City Racing Associa- 
tion's track next Monday, (9) and 
hotel and nitery ops are wondering 
this year whether it will help or 
hurt business. 

Both are hoping for the best, and 
most, of the top spots have set good 
shows to lure influx of track at- 
tendees. 

Officials of the Racing Assn. are 
sanguine of doing top biz. 



Arthur Fisher, 55, Top 
Indie Vaude Booker, 
Dies of Heart Attack 

Death of Arthur Fisher Friday' 
(30i at the age of 55, leaves the 
status of his independent vaude 
booking agency unsettled. It's prob- 
able that the office will be operated 
with Al Rickard at the helm, with 
Fisher's widow, the former Flor- 
ence Newton (Rice &> retaining a 
major interest. However, details of 
operation will be unknown until 
his will is probated. 

Fisher was the talent booker for 
the Steel Pier, Atlantic City; the 
Skouras theatres in New York and 
vicinity, the Brandt, Ralph Snyder, 
Sam Stiefel, and E. M. Loew cir- 
cuits. In addition, he operated the 
Park theatre, Union City, N. J., in 
conjunction with Charles Moses, 
and owned a prosperous liquor 
package store in Malverne, L. I., 
N. Y. 

Running of all these enterprises 
is said to have contributed to the 
heart attack which hastened his 
end. He had been suffering with 
the ailment for many years. 

Fisher had planned taking it 
easy during the fall and was ne- 
gotiating with a new assistant to 
come into the office. Negotiations 
were set to be finalized when he 
returned from his vacation. 

He started in the business nearly 
35 years ago as an office boy with 
Fally Markus, who during his hey- 
day was the largest independent 
booker. He soon acquired an in- 
terest in the business, and after 
several years went into business on 
his own. 

Fisher was reportedly a shrewd 
booker. He was frequently the 
bane of agents and acts because of 
his strict adherance to set budgets 
of clients. He often declared that 
it was more important to keep 
vaudeville theatres open, and con- 
sequently tried to keep costs at a 
minimum in order to insure profit- 
able operation. 

Fisher, until last year, booked 
some top night clubs. Because of 
his intimate association with E. M. 
Loew, the New England circuit 
owner, who's a partner of Lou 
Walters in nitery ventures, he was 
in on the talent inking of the Latin 
Quarters in New York and Miami 
Beach, and was booker for the 
Harem, N. Y., in which Walters 
was interested during the first few 
weeks of operation. He gave up 
nitery bookings last year. 

He was born Arthur Sonnasardo, 
but assumed the Fisher tag as some- 
thing easier to pronounce when he 
went into showbusiness. He's sur- 
vived by his widow, a daughter, and 
a stepson. He was at one time 
married to Ethlyn Clark, a former 
wife of Joe E. Howard vet song- 
writer. 



Columbus Jury Continues 
Probe of Cafe Shakedowns 

Columbus, Aug. 3. 

Franklin County grand jury here 
is continuing investigation of al- 
leged shakedown of liquor perjnit 
applicants, and last week (27) 
heard Daniel Diloerto, of Ravenna, 
O., repeat story he told the Ohio 
Liquor Board at a hearing in 
Cleveland last June. Diloerto 
charged that a state liquor inspec- 
tor telephoned him at Miami, Fla., 
last Feb. 21, to demand $3,000 if he 
wanted a night club license. 

One state department official 
and two Portsmouth, O., residents 
were indicted by the grand jury 
earlier on charges of soliciting and 
accepting bribes. Prosecutor 
Ralph J. Bartlett indicated an ad- 
ditional session of the grand jury 
would be held on the shakedown 
probe before another report is 
made. . 



Dolly Dawn set for Perez club, 
New Orleans, Aug. 9. 

Sacassas rhumba band for Ciro's, 
Miami Beach. Dec. 20 for 10 weeks. 



Revised Code on Ohio Booze Licenses 
Aims to Curb Blacketeer Transfers 



Columbus, Aug. 3. 
Predicting that the black market 
in Ohio liquor permit's would be 
stamped out. Liquor Director Dale 
Dunifon announced Friday (30) a 
set of sweeping revisions effective 
Aug. 15 in ownership transfer reg- 
ulations. 

Under present rules, Dunifon 
said, a new owner is issued a per- 
mit in. his own name when the pre- 
vious owner's permit is canceled 
and a bill of sale filed with, the 
department. It is almost the same 
thing as a new owner getting the 
former proprietor's permit. Be- 
cause of quota limitations on issu- 
ance of permits, the value set on 
the license in a sales transaction 
has soared in some cities far above 
the visible value of the business. 
Tavern and nightclub owners, when 
lucky enough to get additional per- 
mits, pad out the sale value of their 
business to an exorbitant rate. One 
operator boosted his selling price 
$7,000 upon receipt of additional 
licenses which cost him $800. 

The new regulations establish a 
six-month waiting period for the 
new owner when an existing per- 
mit is canceled as a result of 
change in ownership. An additional 
rule, affecting D-3 (drink by the 
glass with I a.m. closing) and D-5 
(nightclub) permits also was set Up. 
D : 3 and D-5 permits canceled be- 
cause of change in ownership, and 
which are in a district where the 
legal quota is filled, will not be 
reissued to the new owner until 
the quota allows. 

D-4 (private club) permits are 
unaffected since they are non- 
transferable, except for location. 
The new policy will apply, how- 
ever, to stock transfer involving 
majority blocks and to partner- 
ships. 

. Won't Affect McCoy Sales 
"We do not intend to hurt the 
legitiritete operator who holds per- 
mits," Dunifon said. "If he -has a 
reasonable cause for selling and 
can prove his case, he will be al- 
lowed to do so. But we do intend 
to drive out black market operator, 
the profiteer and the racketeer who 
enter the industry only to spec- 
ulate, batter and gouge," he con- 
tinued.- 

Ownership changes which come 
under hardship classes or fall 
within purposes defined by regula- 
tions will be handled as "trans- 



fers," Dunifon said. The "transfer" 
! regulation provides for transfer of 
permits in cases of death, bank* 
ruptcy or receivership, coroprate 
reorganization, property settle- 
ments in divorce action and similar 
cases. 

Ordinary sales of places operat- 
ing with permits are known as 
"substitutions," with rules of pro- 
cedure a matter of discretion for 
the department. Past procedure 
allowed the department to approve 
"substitutions" upon filing of a bill 
of sale and regular application by 
the new owner of the business for 
a permit. 

Approximately 4,000 permits 
changed hands last year in Ohio 
under this "substitution" pro- 
cedure, Dunifon revealed. Many of .'• 
the places are "repeaters,", and it 
is not unusual to find one person 
buying and selling as many as 
three establishments in 12 months, 
he said. 

The effect of the new policy in 
places where permits are over 
quota will be to -cause permits to 
die upon a change of ownership, 
unless the change qualifies as a 
"transfer." Dunifon said this phase 
will be felt most keenly in Cleve- 
land, "where past administrations 
have issued permits far over 
quota." 

r Courts have held there is no 
vested property right to a liquor 
permit; that it is only a privilege 
bestowed under the liquor statute. 



BISMARCK, CHI, PREPS 
NEW NITERY ROOM 

Chicago, Aug. 3. 

Bismarck hotel will open a new 
nitery room this fall in addition to 
the Walnut Room. Spot will use a 
band and specialty acts in theme 
with name, Swiss Chalet. 

It will occupy space of the 
Tavern Room, which has been I 
closed for past three months. 

Bob Lastfogel Vice Green 
In Morris Chi Branch 

Chicago, Aug. 3. 
Bob Lastfogel, formerly of N.Y. 
agency, takes over act department 
in the Chi William Morris agency 
next week. He replaces Irving 
Green, who left WM several weeks 
ago. 

As yet.no replacement has been 
made for Neff Wagner, who also 
left WM two weeks ago. 

Calvert's Interstate Dates 

San Antonio, Aug. 3. 

John Calvert, illusionist, and 
new Falcon in the film and radio 
mystery series of that title, has 
been signed for tour of Interstate 
Theatres. 

Calvert and troupe travel in 
magico's plane. 



SPARKLING 

Professional 
Photographs 

JAMES KOLLAR 

In Radio City 
By Appointment Only 

NEW RATES 
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Reprints or Repros, 100 for SIS 

RKO BLDS. 
1270 Sixth Ave. New York 
Suite 609 Circle 4-1421 



JACK PARKER 




"THE JACK 
OF CLUBS" 

Return 
Engagement 

BROWN 
HOTEL 
LOUISVILLE 

Available 
August 16 

Management: 
Tom Fitzpotrick 



BIDS WANTED 

The American Legion 1948 Conven- 
tion Corporation of Florida will re- 
wive bids for Concession!) for supply- 
ing tlie following items during (lie 
National Convention of tile American 
Legion in Miami, Ontober 11-81, IMS: 
refreshments of all kinds, novelties of 
all kinds, helmets, canes, and any- 
thing else that can be vended during 
the tonventlun to Legionnaires and 
others. 

An exclusive protective contract will 
be Issued to those licensed. Submit nil 
oners in writing only to the under- 
signed: Appointments will be made 
lor personal discussion. 

Address: 

HENRY COItltH. Chairman 
Concessions & Decorations Committee 
V.O. Box 1. Little Hiver Station 
Miami, Florida 



MAX1NE 

SULLIVAN 

CURRENTLY 
LONDON CASINO. ENGLAND 



Personal I 
JOE MARSOLAIS 



Edwin Sefton 



in 



"LONDON DAILY GRAPHIC" 



"HARRY RICHMAN 

back in London after ten years had the noisiest 
reception given any star since Danny Kaye." 



George W. Bishop 

in 

"LONDON DAILY TELEGRAPH" 

"Harry Richman captures the audience the mo- 
ment he steps on the stage and holds it. He was 
recalled so many times the first house almost ran 
into the second." 

Harold Conway 

in 

"LONDON EVENING STANDARD" 

"After ten years Harry Richman, immaculate as 
ever, sang with' a style and vigour which would be 
the envy of most performers half his age." 

A. t. Wilson 

in ■ 

"LONDON STAR" 

"Harry Richman's voice can easily fill Albert 
Hall. His physique is equally robust and so is his 
manner of putting over a s°ong." 

John G. Drummond 

in 

"LONDON NEWS CHRONICLE" 

"But Harry Richman dominates the bill. He gives 
his well-remembered and brilliant impersonation of 
being a tuneful, smiling thug in a dinner jacket." 

K. G. 
in 

"LONDON WEEKLY SPORTING REVIEW" 

"Harry Richman made a terrific come-back at 
the Casino after ten years away from us. He's still 
supreme seller of songs. Super showmanship and 
contagious personality." 

Cecil Wilson 

in , 
"LONDON DAILY MAIL" 

"Harry Richman swept back into success at the 
Casino. His success was certain. Shouts at the end 
for encores which he had no time to do." 



P. I. Atannocfc 
• in 
"LONDON DAILY HERALD" 

"Harry Richman Is a great personality, climax of 
the evening and duly acclaimed." 

Dick Richards 

in 

"LONDON SUNDAY PICTORIAL" 

"That great showman, Harry Richman, is back 
and well deserved his riotous first night reception." 



The Old Trouper 



in 




"LONDON NEWS OF THE WORLD" 

"Audiences will never tire of songs as long as 
voice and rich personality go with It. Richman has 
both." 



W. A. Wilcox 

in 

"LONDON SUNDAY DISPATCH" 

"Harry Richman's voice and stage personality 
are today as strong and compelling as ever." 



Leonard Alosfey 

in 

"LONDON DAILY EXPRESS" 

"He sang all . his old favorites and they loved 
them all." 

Geoffrey 

in 

"LONDON MORNING ADVERTISER" 

"Harry Richman is dashing, debonair. There was 
never a doubt about the great success of his return 
to this country." 

"LONDON SUNDAY CHRONICLE" 

"At the Casino Harry Richman gives a demon- 
stration of what can be achieved by personality and 
showmanship." 

J. L. R. 
'n 

"BRITAIN'S MUSICAL EXPRESS" 

"Harry Richman made his debut to a wildly en- 
thusiastic audience. This artist is one of the great 
personalities of show-business." 

And many other newspapers, including all pro- 
vincial leading press, each one equally eulogistic. 



. . TO MY PAL 



HARRY GREEN 

WHO WORKED HARDER THAN I DID 



... TO MY PAL 



JACK GOLDEN 

AT THE PIANO 



MY SINCERE THANKS TO A GREAT BOSS 

BERNARD DELFONT= 

. . WHO MADE THIS ALL SO POSSIBLE . . . 

-MY THANKS TO~ 

WILLIAM MORRIS AGENCY - HARRY FOSTER 

ROSE HiPPNER — Publicity 



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Utah Fair Bd Pact With Autry 
Being Probed By State Auditors 



Wednesday, August 4, 1948 



Salt Lake City, Aug! 3. ♦ 
Utah State Fair Board ran into 
another session of trouble, when 
State Auditor Ferrell H. Adams 
announced his department was 
checking into the legality of the 
Days Of '47, Inc. agreement, which 
makes the fair board, the Daugh- 
ters of the Utah Pioneers and the 
Sons of the Utah Pioneers equal 
partners in any profits resulting 
fi-om the annual Pioneer Days 
celebration. 

The investigation was launched 
when the auditor noticed there 
was no contract covering the use 
of the fairgrounds by the Gene 
Autry rodeo, presented as Days 
of '47 attraction. 

Sheldon R. Brewster, fair man- 
ager and secretary of the . Days 
Of '47, said the "non-profit" pri- 
vate organization had set Autry 
rodeo, with take slated to be cut 
three ways this year. ■ * 

'Gus P. Backman, exec secretary 
of the Salt Lake Chamber of Com- 
merce, urged the accumulated fund 
be divvied up each year, because 
the -state had agreed to share 
profits only, and not underwrite 
losses. Backman pointed out that 
holding the fund for more than 
a year might result in one year's 
profits, being used to write off a 
subsequent year's losses. 

The only written evidence of 
the agreement covering the use 
of the fairgrounds is in the by- 
laws of the Days Of '47, Inc., arid 
in the fair board minutes, with 
no regular pact being -inked. 



Native Talent Fiesta Will 
Spark Wise. 100th Anni 

Chicago, Aug. 3. 

Wisconsin, which celebrates its 
100th anni' as a state on August 
7, will nold native son and daugh- 
ter talent display for two weeks. 

Lucille Meusel 6f Green Bay, 
and Donald Gram, Milwaukee, will 
head operatic contingent. Charles 
Winninger, Agnes Moorhead, Den- 
nis Morgan, Spencer Tracy, Jack 
Carson and Frederic March will 
make p.a.'s. 



MIRANDA DEAL COOKS 
FOR MILLER'S RIVIERA 

Deal is on for Carmen Miranda 
to open at the Riviera, Ft. Lee, 
N. J,, in late August or early Sep- 
tember. Salary is said to be 
$7,500*- It's likely that Phil Fos- 
ter will also be on that layout. 

The Aug. 8 display at the Bill 
Miller spot will be headed by Jane 
Froman, who's in at $6,000 weekly. 
Paul Winchell will have comedy 
spot on that show. 




AGVA Meet Winds Up 

In Stormy Session 

First post-convention meeting of 
the New York branch of the 
i American Guild of Variety Artists 
held yesterday (Tues.) at the Cap- 
itol hotel, N. Y., after a peaceful 
start wound up'in a near riot. Fire- 
works were occassioned with a 
motion from the floor asking for 
an advisory committee to be 
elected to help rule the N. Y. of- 
fice. 

Phil Irving, who introduced the 
motion, declared on the floor that 
inasmuch as it would be around 
November before results of the 
election and subsequent board 
meeting would take place, an in- 
terim committee of 11 members 
should have a voice in the han- 
dling of matters in the N. Y. 
branch. The motion passed, but 
afterward some of the members 
started withdrawing and adjourn- 
ment followed immediately. Sev- 
eral members protested the ad- 
journment, but members started 
leaving anyway. 

This fight is slated to continue 
and it's likely that the Associated 
Actors and Artistes of America 
appointed commjtte now handling 
AGVA affairs will be called in to 
settle the matter. 

The meeting was ostensibly 
called for a- report on the recent 
convention. Report was accepted 
by the membership. 



HELENE and HOWARD 

'Comedy Dunce Antiea' 
BliMI OVKJt 8tl< WKISK 

RADIO CITY MUSIC HALL 
NEW YORK 

■■ill Doubling "TKXACO TV" 
also Mudison Mil. (•imtait 



Walters' H wood Deals 
Fade; Cafes Not For Sale 

Hollywood, Aug. 3. 
Possibility of Lou Walters buy- 

I ing a local nitery appeared last 
night (2) to have faded almost to 
vanishing point. Within 48 hours 
of his arrival in town, reportedly 
to make offers for Earl Carroll's, 
Slapsy Maxie's and defunct Floren- 
tine Gardens, management of two 
bistros currently operating had put 

) a damper on his plans. 

Slapsy Maxie's reported flatly 
it is not for sale. 

Similar statement came from 
Virginia Lear, business manager 
for Bessie Schuyler, who inherited 
Carroll's under terms of showman's 
will. She reported nitery is not for 
sale "to Lou Walters or anyone 
else." 

Statements leave only the Flor- 
entine Gardens still to be ac- 
counted for. Understood last night 
that Walters made no offer there 
either and that owners of the 
property are going forward with 
plans for reopening the nitery 
i themselves as soon as government 
approval can be obtained on cer- 
| tain details. Frank Bruni's opera- 
I tion of spot collapsed several 
I weeks ago, with debts around 
$100,000 mark. 

j Meanwhile the American Guild 
of Variety Artists is preparing a 

j claim against Bruhi for $1,700, in 
behalf of unpaid choristers and 
other employes. 



MACICOS LOSE PROPS 
IN DUAL BURGLARIES 

Kansas City, Aug. 3. 

Bill and Mary Chaudet, magic 
team, arc out about $1,000 in gim- 
micks and clothing as the result of 
some sleight of hand pulled on 
them by thieves twice within two 
weeks. The first robbery came 'in 
Shreveport, La., three weeks ago, 
and cost the 'team about $350 in 
magic props and costumes. 

Second happened here last week, 
and added about $650 to the losses. 
Thieves broke into the Chaudet s 
station wagon and made off with 
the contents of car. 




Jackpot Coin Salvaged 

Columbus, Aug. 3. 

Nearly $5,000 taken from the 
jackpots of confiscated slot ma- 
chines seized by the Ohio Liquor 
Department ir licensed taverns and 
night clubs has been returned to 
the machines' owners, according to 
Donald T. Geyer, state liquor de- 
partment enforcement chief. 

He said owners of 82 of 250 con- 
fiscated machines, which will be 
destroyed this month, had applied 
for the return of the money. 



1948'S SENSATIONAL SINGING GROUP 

KING ODOM FOUR 

Currently Dl ID A U Dl Fl I New 



Appearing 



RUJBAN BLEU 



York 



12th Smash Week 



And Held Over Indefinitely 



VARIETY, July 21, 194S 
"Soeko holdover it the King Odom 
Quartet. They bespeak clem without 
being too much so. Their showmanship 
if innately expert." 

Abel. 



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Aejiia Follies e>f 1948 

(WIRTH POOL, MPLS.) 

Minneapolis, July 27. 
Patricia Robinson, Phil Morton, 
Stubby Kruger, Charles Dichl, Earl 
Clark, Jimmy Patterson, Dorothy 
Poynton Hill, Tommy Thompson, 
Sam Howard, Preston Lambert, Gil 
Maison, Sylvia Manon Troupe ( 4 ) , 
Francisco & Dolores, 4 Song Styl- 
ists, Burt Hanson, Water Ballet 
(30), Stage Ballet (25), Ben Bar- 
nett orch. (12); produced by Al 
Sheehan; Helen Starr, water ballet 
director. 



Mex Vaader Wins Over 
Pistol-Toting Censor 

Mexico City, July 28. 
The six local vaude houses won 
a victory over officious city amuse- 
ments inspectors that's perhaps 
unique in show biz history. 

Case popped up when a cohort 
of inspectors, led by their chief, 
pistol in hand, burst in on a re- 
hearsal at the Teatro Lirico, and 
ordered the place shuttered. They 
claimed that lines in skits and 
sketches, and chatter by individual 
comedians offended good taste, 
; and that it ridiculed certain promi- 
nent politicians. 

The other houses closed in sym- 
pathy. Ditto all cinemas, but for 
; only one show. Lirico and the other 
five reopened when Mayor Fer- 
nando Casas Aleman agreed with 
what the impresarios said in paid 
ads in local prints that the Mexi- 
can consttitution guarantees free 
speech. He fired the pistol pack- 
ing inspector and assured the thea- 
tremen of freedom of speech on 
the stage, but asked them to keep 
talk within bounds. 



A georgeous outdoor setting and 
a 15-foot deep natural pool shaved 
off from the lake in its rear, as 
well as layout'-s entertainment 
merits, help to make this annual 
water show solid fare. . Presented 
each year as one of the features of 
the city's Aquatennial, it's pro- 
duced by Al Sheehan on a lavish 
scale. There are some of the na- 
tion's foremost swimmers, divers, 
and water clowns, a large water 
and stage ballet of pretty girls, 
stunning costumes, flashy water 
and' stage production numbers and 
lighting' effects, three first-rate 
vaudeville acts, pleasant vocalizing 
and a thrilling fireworks finale. It 
follows the same pattern with most 
of the same principals each year, 
shows of this sort permitting little 
variation, but, like the circus, it 
bears wnat almost amounts to an- 
nual repetition. 

With personable Preston Lam- 
bert as emcee the show moves 
swiftly. Burt Hanson and the Four 
Song Stylists provide vocal accom- 
paniments for many of the num- 
bers. The rustic "Aqua Hoe 
Down," a hillbilly opening, bring 
on the 55 girls comprising the 
water ,ind stage ballets. Top- 
notchers Jimmy Patterson, Earl 
Clark, Sam Howard, Charlie Diehl, 
Dorothy Poynton Hill and Tommy 
Thompson offer diving stunts from 
the three and five meter spring 
boards and then there's stage 
comedy contributed by Gil Maison 
and his funny monkey and pooches. 

Glamourous Patricia Robinson, 
demonstrates why she's national 
medley swimming champion. An 
Indian fantasy on the stage is a 
colorful production number featur- 
ing the thrilling Sylvia Manon and 
her three male adagio dancers. 
Participjating are the water and 
stage ballets with intricate forma- 
tions by the swimming gals. The 
second diving events from the very 
high boards afford plenty of thrills 
supplied by the same expert group 
that appeared in the initial presen- 
tation. Stubby Kruger, one of the 
nation's top water comedians, cops 
gasps and laughs with his clowning. 

Another spectacular production 
number is built around the Fran- 
cisco & Dolores perch act which 
provides additional thrills. The 
"diving maniacs" include most of 
the male high divers plus Clayton 
Mains and Phil Morton and their 
funmaking stunts are the show's 
highlight "Winter vs. Summer." 
the lavish finale utilizing the entire 
cast, finishes in a blaze of fire- 
works, AU -m all, a good -show, 
Recs. 



Saranac Lake 

By Happy Benway 

Saranac Lake, N. Y., Aug. 3. 
G. Albert Smith ("State of the 
Union") skedded into general hos- 
pital for a major operation. 

Andy Grainger Greenfield, Mass. 
manager doing nip-ups since being 
checked out of the infimary for 
meals and mild exercise. 

Many thanks to Joseph McCar- 
thy, T.P.U. exec of N. Y. C, for 
books and magazines donated to 
library and lounge room. 

Birthday greetings are in order 
to Forrest (Slim) Glenn, Victor 
(IATSE) Gamba, Alfred Michalski 
and Frank Scheedel, all Rogerites 
who are doing O.K. 

Frank Parson's nitery, The 
Birches, has added an Hammond 
organ with Ralph C. Yale, manipu- 
lating; also Doug Rabideau on 
vibes and xylophone. 

Mrs. William (Mother) Morris 
back to Camp Intermission for bal- 
ance of season, returning from a 
plane trip (her first) ' to Europe 
and a short stay in N. Y. C. 

Lila Lee. former silent pix star, 
flooded with birthday greetings at 
her downtown cottage. 

Msgr. Joseph Flannery, of St. 
Patrick* Cathedral N. Y. C, in to 
ogle the lodge and chat with Frank 
(Par) Hynes, wtjo was recently ap- 
I pointed downtown shopper, 
j King Reid Shows, first carnival 
I to hit the colony this season, here 
I under auspices local Fire dept. Ex- 
I tended open house courtesy to 
j gang. 

I Louise (RKO) Harris mastered 

| fourth stage of the thoracoplasty 

I operation like a veteran. 

Among the Rogerites attending 

| picnic at Fish Creek given by the 
Jewish Center were Moe Gould, 
Frank Kaplan, Ben Schaffer, Mary 
Mason, Carl Kessler and Walter 
Romanik. It's an annual treat for 
the theatre's shutins. 

Rose Hanken, ex-Rogersite who 
beat the rap here two years ago, in 
for vacation and check-up. After 
an all-clear she left to resume 
work as secretary to Freddie Mar- 
tin, orch leader. 

Thanks to Art Goldie and Sports 
Condensed News for placing us on 
their mailing list. 

(Write to those who are ill.) 



Pitts CUb Society 



Rocky as Bui 
Lam With 200G 



Pittsburgh, Aug. 3. 

Town's newest cafe. Club So- 
ciety, which opened only few weeks 
ago, looks headed for the rocks 
with the disappearance of its back- 
ers, Raymond E. Reynolds, and his 
son, Raymond L. Reynolds, build- 
ing contractors, who are charged 
with embezzling more than $200,- 
000 in funds earmarked for con- 
struction of new homes. 

Employees of the cafe haven't 
been paid for two weeks but said 
they would keep Club Society 
running in an effort to get their 
wages out of the place,' although 
funds are expected to be frozen by 
receiver appointed to look into the 
affairs of Reynolds Construction 
Co. 

Federal investigators claim they 
have positive proof that around 
$40,000 of the company's dough 
went into Club Society for remod- 
eling, liquor license and operation 
costs (spot .has lost money steadily 
since opening). Place was for- 
merly Hour Glass bar and restau- 
rant and went out of business last 
March when police raided room 
and exposed it as a call-house. 

Reynolds, father and son, are 
said to have duped the $200,000 
from prospective home-owners, 
most of them veterans, with prom- 
ises of putting up attractive, low- 
cost residences, none of which ever 
went up. Club Society has been 
under the operation of Mrs. Jo- 
seph Limpert, who served as host- 
ess and cashier, and her husband, 
head bartender. In addition to 
regular employees, musicians didn't 
get $351 in last week's, wages 
either. 



RALEIGH ROOM'S NEW POLICY 

The Raleigh room of Warwick 
hotel, N. Y., reopens with an intime 
entertainment policy Sept. 15. 
Opening bill hasn't been set yet. 

Last season it tried a variety of 
formats. 



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Night Club Reviews 



VAUDEVILLE 



45 



Norinaiidie Roof, Mont'I 

Montreal, July 30. 
Carl Brisson, Neil Golden Orch, 
Peter Barry's Rhumbaists; cover $1 
weekdays, $1.50 Saturdays and holi- 



Strictly top - drawer entertain- 
ment is offered in this fancy roof- 
top room as the Carl Brisson takes 
over. A strong fave, the Brisson 
polish and performance is packing 
this big room. 

Tall and charming, Brisson and 
the familiar gardenia, gathers up 
the crowd with "Hello There," 
shifts to a hand-mike and for sock- 
eroo version of "Serenade of the 
Bells." With every nitery here 
carrying its quota of local Danes, 
Brisson spots a little Danish num- 
ber which gets heavy palming and 
participation. 

The nostalgic plug is pulled 
when he does a tear-jerker, "A 
pink Cocktail for a Blue Lady." 
"Fancy Free" gives songster a 
chance for table-hopping that's en- 
joyed. Follows with "A Double 
Martini Please," and some of his 
old faves which score solidly. En- 
cores with "When I Smoke a Cig- 
arette" and a smash version of 
"The Last Time I Saw Paris" to 
tumultuous reception. Brisson lost 
three days of current stand due to 
a cold, but a return date later in 
the year is a certainty. 

Kudos go to Dick Lewis for 
some fine pianoing of Brisson's 
songs, plus strong backing by Neil 
Golden's orch and particularly the 
violin solos of Frank Gula. Peter 
Barry's very fine group take over 
for the Latin terping sets. Newt. 

Copa, Pitt. 

Pittsburgh, July 30. 
Dorothy Lawlor, Stuart Foster, 
OUie O'Toole, Buddy Martin, 
Johnny Marino Orch. (5); no cover 
or -minimum. 



Old vaude days of freak attrac- 
tions are being revived at Copa by 
Lenny Litman with booking of 
Dorothy Lawlor, the ex-hatcheck 
gal from Long Island who put in a 
bid for a husband who would settle 
$10,000 on her. From looks of 



things, the gal may set the in 
grand herself without 8 any help 
from the outside. v 

ThProV nn t Uer g l t tt fast - however. 
I I es " ot much she has to offer 
as an entertainer, that's for sure 
P" 1 while the publicity keeps com- 
ing— she knocked down plenty of 
spreads here in the dailies-Miss 
K 01 ' ls apparently a quick shot 
for business Up to midweek, Copa 
had done its best biz in months and 
there was no other place than 
tne i-wanna-get-married-for-$10,000 
blonde to credit it. 

„„H 0 L a ' to °- bad appearing chick 
and she's on and off like a flash. 
Alter a saccharine intro, she steps 
to the mike, talks, doesn't sing, a 
combo of "I Wanna Get Married" 
and A Good Man Is Hard to Find" 
in a flat monotone and quickly 
breezes before anyone has had a 
chance to say who, what or when. 
It s no act, no presentation, no 
nothing— just a look-see flash at a 
front-page femme. She's bringing 
them in, though; no question about 
that. 

Fortunately for the Copa, it has 
a couple of sock acts to look after 
the needs of the customers. Stuart 
Foster, on his own after a stretch 
as featured vocalist with Tommy 
Dorsey, has an easy style, smart 
set of pipes and sells his okay 
selection of pops with lot of stuff. 
What with the boom still on in pash 
balladeers, Foster ought to have 
no trouble making the grade. Ollie 
O'Toole, graduate of radio here, is 
back home again after a tour with 
Horace Heidt and his mimicry's 
sure-fire. Bangs out a flock of solid 
impressions of the comics and 
commentators of the air-waves, and 
his material's about average. 

Near end ■ of Foster's single, 
O'Toole comes out and they get 
together for an entertaining bit, 
Foster proving to O'Toole that he 
can impersonate, too, doing Gable, 
Boyer and Robinson, and O'Toole 
showing Foster he can also sing, 
doing crack takeoff s on Vaughn 
Monroe and Jack Smith. Boys 
worked out the duet on moment's 
notice for local engagement and 
it's going over solidly. 

Intermission songs at the piano 
are provided by Buddy Martin, 
with a pleasant voice, and for only 
a five-piece combo, Johnny Ma- 
rino's band makes a lot of good 
dance music, both domestic and 
Latin. Cohen. ■ 



One Fifth Ave., N. Y. 

(FOLLOWUP) 

This intime room continues as a 
phenomena of N. Y. bistro busi- 
ness. Located far off main drag 
and sans name talent, it neverthe- 
less continually has the ropes up. 
Probably the chief reason is the 
patron's reliance upon Bob Dow- 
ney's ability to select promising 
newcomers and build to estab- 
lished faves. 

Newcomers on this layout are 
the Turner Twins (New Acts), a 
pleasant twosome who fit in well 
with the spot's intimate atmos- 
phere. The other major ingredi- 
ent is Jack Kerr, who's been play- 
ing spot for many seasons. His 
robust delivery of risgaieties keeps 
'em calling for encores and he's 
one of the top palm-getters in the 
spot. 

Downey, aside from being in 
charge of shows, contributes to the 
bill along with Harold Fonville. 
The pair contrib two-piano work 
for neat response. Their pianoing 
comprises tunes from hit musicals, 
with an occasional classic for 
change of pace. 

Hazel Webster, another regular, 
completes' lineup with lull piano 
work, displaying a good commer- 
cial brand of 88ing. Jose. 



Minn. Terrace, Mpls. 

(HOTEL NICOLLET) 

Minneapolis, July 24. ' 
Dorothy Lewis Ice Show, "Glid- 
ing the Globe" (8), Cecil Golly 
Orch. (12), with Mildred Golly; 
$2.50 min. 



Despite small cast and cramped 
skating space, showmanship 
achieves flash in this iceshow, with 
resultant pleased customers and 
the sort of favorable word-of-mouth 
that boosts patronage. Clever, col- 
orful costuming, and skilfully ex- 
ecuted pattern which gives cohe- 
sion to the swiftly paced skating re- 
vue and lively, showy routines turn 
the trick. 

It's the 10th summer engagement 
in this room for Miss Lewis, local 
favorite, and her Terrace ice show, 
which is drawing heavily at a time 
when supper club business gener- 
ally keeps hitting new lows. Titled 
"Gliding the Globe," it take* the 
audience to the North Pole, Paris, 
Vienna and China, affording the 
opportunity for a display of a varie- 
ty of eye-arresting costumes and 
for skating to music traditionally 
associated with the lands visited. 
Considering budget and other lim- 
itations, the show has a lot of 



punch and entertainment- and, 
varying the usual supper-club fare, 
it clicks consistently throughout, 
although absence of comedy is felt. 

Whirls, spins and acrobatics are 
the forte of the attractive three 
girls and four boys who, together 
with Miss Lewis, comprise the cast. 
The eye-filling star, an accom- 
plished skater, is in fine fettle. The 
opening penguin number and an 
exciting, cyclonic finale with stro- 
bolite effects and to the music of 
"Sabre Dance" and "Orientale" arc 
the highlights. Miss Lewis' stun- 
ning costumes include a satin cre- 
ation on which hundreds of tiny 
silver bells are strung and another 
red satin standout with glittering 
sequins and a dragon embroidered 
in gold threads. Vocalizing embel- 
lishes some of the routines. 

The Golly orchestra does its show 
chore expertly and provides first- 
rate dance music for the customers. 
Mildred (Mrs.) Golly vocalizes 
neatly. Recs. 

Five O'Clock, Miami 

Miami Beach, Aug. 1. 
DeCastro Sisters, "Van Kirk, 
Freddie Lane, Nino Yacovino, Ra- 
feal and Peter Herman Orchs; 
?nininium $2-$2.50. 

i*- 

Still doing the hest biz in town, 
spot has a satisfying show for the 
mixed Latin and American trade. 

DeCastro sisters from Havana 
are familiars in this area via ap- 
pearances at the Clover Club and 
Olympia theatre. In the topliner 
spot they deliver their standard 
mixture of straight harmonies on 
Latinairs and cute comedies on 
Americano tunes. On the straight 
stuff they click with their song 
Mendings-. It is when they essay 
the mugging-comedy and strutting 
around the ringside that their act 
sags. It is obviously forced, lack- 
ing naturalness material calls for. 
Less of the cuteness and more of 
the legit harmony would give turn 
greater stature. However, they do 
nicely as is. 

Van Kirk (doubling 4 the Olym- 
pia) goes better in an intimate 
room than in a big vauder with its 
family trade. The nuances of his 
British humor hit for telling effect. 
His mugging, plus material garner 
him steady laughs. Toppers are 
his "What Not" song of "Major 
Bungstarter" and his version of the 
Bert Lahr classic, the "Woodchop- 
per Song." He's added some yock 
compelling hits to the sequence. 

Terp slot is held in zingy fashion 
by young Freddie Lane. The agile 



lad exhibits neat acro-tappings to 
boff reception. Nino Yacovino, vet 
ballroomologist turned emcee, in- 
troes capably. Lary. 

ftlcn Island Casino 

(NEW ROCHELLE, N. Y.) 

Vie Damone, Charlie FisKe Orch. 
(12) with Glen Canfield, Ginny 
Coon. 



Glen Island Casino, for years one 
of the ;lass summer spots in the 
New Y >rk area for name bands 
(with Frank Dailey's Meadow- 
brook), departed from its policy 
for the first time when Vic Da- 
mone, rising pop soloist, was 
b.-oked. Since Glen Isle opened its 
season in May, a succession of 
name combos did more harm than 
good to the spot's bank balance 
and the idea of using Damone as 
a lure, backed by Charlie Fiske's 
orchestra (see Band Reviews), is 
in the nature of an attempt to 
strengthen the season's b.o. 

Damone has come far as a per- 
sonality since his first nitery date 
in New York, last year at the Com- 
modore h*tel. Firstly, he has wisely 
discarded the idea that what num- 
bers are good enough for Frank 
Sinatra and other singers are good 
enough for him. He's now project- 
ing his own talent rather than re- 
flecting someone else's and the 
change in repertoire gives him in- 
dividual stature that must eventu- 
ally push him along the path to- 
ward higher reception. 

Damone starts out here with the 
rhythmic standard, "Three Little 
Words," then "It's Magic," a new 
and rising pop; a medley of "Wrap 
Your Troubles in Dreams," "I've 
Got the World On a String" and 
one other; a specialty that's real 
cute titled "My Fraternity Pin" 
and, to finish, a try at "Summer' 
time." Latter demonstrates that the 
youngster is not only »■ •"•ooner, 
that he can sing out, and it caps 
a well-paced and wisely chosen 
package of melody. Young in ap- 
pearance and smartly turned out, 
Damone does a fine job. He has 
acquired considerable polish, too, 
via the experience gathered from 
a long string of nitery bookings. 

Fiske's band ably underwrites 
Damone's background requirements 
and aids in the overall effect. Be- 
tween the two, Glen Isle's biz has 
improved weekends, but rentains 
only fair during the week. Glen 
Isle, like other class name spots, 
is still missing teen-age business 
to fill out its weekly take, a cir- 
cumstance brought about by y%h 
prices the kids can't meet. Woe;.."... 




to the WILLIAM MORRIS AGENCY 

... Jackie Miles 



46 



Wednesday, August 4, 1948 



Variety Bills 

* . WEEK OP AUGUST 4 - 

l.'nmeraU in connection with bills below Indicate •neauar day »t (Sunt 

whether fuii or split weefc. 

Lc . l !. er i n Pa'eBtheM» Indicates circuit: (I) Independent : (I.) I.orw (Mi M«a.» 
(D ranu-OMt; <B> KKO; (S) Stall | (W> ^r£r t <WR> Walter UoSShf ' 



ing" (M-G), national champ in 
June, did not appear in key city 
dates after having been around for 
nearly two months. "Coroner 
Creek" (Col) racked, up • some 
fairly nice biz. two weeks during 
the past month. "Up In Central 
Park" (U> hung up some sizeable 
coin three sessions of July. 



NKW YOUK CITY 
Capitol (1.) 5 

Si up the Music 
Bei t Parks 
II ai ry Sailer Ore 
•Tack. Carter 
Trlxie 
Musk- Kntl (I) 5 . 
V i n Mayo 
Charles Tyrell N 
'Wilfia Jones 
Andy Arcavl 
Kstelte Sloaii 
Rockettes 
Corps <le Ballet 
Sym Ore 

Vara mount (F) 4 

Peggy Lee- 
Pave Barbour 5 
Jan Murray 
Rudy Cardenas 
Itav -Kberle Ore 
Itosy (I) 4 
T>ick Haymes 
Tommy Trent 
Buster Shaver 
' Carol I.ynne 
Arnold Sltoda 
Jean Sturgeon 
Fritz Dietl 

Strand (W) « 
Count Basie Ore 
Billie Holiday 
Zephyrs 

Stump * Stumpy 
BRONX 
Crotona (I) 9-10 
Leo l>elyon 
The Crawfords 
S Morano Sin 
Daniels & Denise 
Gvpsy Alarkofff. 
qrKKNS 
Jamaica. (I> 4-7 
T.eo De Lyon 
3 Morano Si««- 
Daniels * Denlae 
Lillian Carvell 
' Bob Coffey v 
Tlie Tsilaks 
The Sword 
Morev & Eaton 
M. Hendricks 
8-10 

Marshal) Young 
(tour to fill) 
ATLANTIC CITY 

Steel Pier (1) 1 
Oaiidsmilh Bros 
Spaolding 3 
.Tack Olson 
Mary Small 
The Boxeyettes 
BALTEHOBB 
Hippodrome (1) 5 
The Marcos 
Dave Barry 



Salicl Puppets 

State (1) S-l 
The Lu-Raya 
Jean Nelson 
Lou Growne 
Anson Sis 

8-11 
The Springers 
Janet Stevena 
Al Stevena 
Parks 

CAMDEN 
Towers (1) «-« 
Wesley & Audrey 
Patsy Garret t 
Woody & Barry 
George FrefmiH 
" Reid Bros 
CHICAGO 
Chi raj; ii (V) 5 
Harry Babbitt 
Harmonicats 
Ross * LaPierve 
Evans 

Oriental. (I) 4 

Horace_21eidt Show 
Johnny Band 
Jean ■ Harvey 
Jimmy Crogso 
Ralph Peer 
Melodaircs 
Jitterbugs 
Pat Theriault 
KINGSXOS 
B'nav (WRI «-7 
A & V Felltnn 4 
B tc D Scott 
The Freddys 
Lew Nelson 
S Saltons Co 
MIAMI 
Olympiu <l>) 4 
Martingales 
Norma Krieser 
Dick Foran 
Jack DeLeon 
Craddocks ■ 
PHILADKI.rll I A 
Carman (I) S 
Herman Hyde Co 
Madeline Russell 
Grace Drysdale 
Ross A Mann 
. ROClUOKIl 
Palace (I) 6-8 
"All tn Fun" 
Bob Dietrich 
Al Dault Co 
Al Verdi Co 
Marie Lawler 
J & D Barrett 
WASHINGTON 
Capitol (1.) -1 
Burns 2 & Evelyn 
Lowery & Eat 
Sammy White 
Winter Sis 



Merry Macs 
Toledo- Klly ft Joan 
Turner Lay! on 
Kl Granadas & 

Peter 
Albert Whejan 
Terry O'Neill 
Ar. hie Rlray Co 
A ,T Powers 

SWANSEA 

Empire <sj) S 
New Atudhalters 
Syd Seymour 
Madllatters Bd 
Constance Kvans 
Kane ft Oscar 
I'm O'P.rien 
Eric Plant 

Wol verhnmpton 
■lll>podronie (M) 2 



Naughty Oirls '*S 

Ben Wrigley 

Maria Carpien 

Tlco ft Chico 

Dick Thorpe 

Moray Bros ft 
I>a ve 

Joy Dexter 
Bunny ft Byron 
Moore ft Itatton 

■Poppy William* 
WOOD GREEN 
Empire (S> 3 
Peter Cavangh 
Freddie Sanborn 
Leon forte'/. 
Norman Thomas 
Slim Rhyiler 
V & At Norman 
St Dennis ft Beryl 



Cabaret Bis 



NEW YORK CTTT 



BRITAIN 



BIRMINGHAM 
Hippodrome <M) 2 

Boswell Twins 
Frances Day 
Conrad's Pigeons 
D Wakefield Co 
B Wright ft Marion 
Hal Swain Co 
Eddie Gray 
Benson Dulay 
BRADFORD 
Alhambrn (M) « 
MaoD n d ft Grahm 
Cliefalo 

Veronica Martell 
Terry-Thomas 
Peggy Mortimer 
Tommy Fields 
Tommy BOrke Co 
Bienardo Co 

CARDIFF 
New • (S) 2 
Dancing Years 
Barry Sinclair 
Odelts Field 
Nicolette Koeg 
Ver-onlia Brady 
Sara Romano 
John Palmer 
Frank Thornton 
Warde Morgan 
Gina Coward Co 
CHISWICK 
Empire (S) 2 
Bobb Wllto> 
('avail O'Connor 
Arnaul 'Bros 
S.-ott * Foster 
• I'Htil Wln'grave 
Harris ft- Christine 
Floyd ft B'Nay 
Bega 3 

DERBY 
Grand (S) 2 
Talent Parade 
A rrique 

D * .1 O'Gorman 
L Clifford ft Freda 
La Celeste 
Jlills Sis ft Michael 
K'PIMH KliH 

Empire (311) 2 
And So We Go On 
Issy Bonn 
T & D Kendall 
Noixy A I ft Kemble 
Jack Kelly Co 
Peterson Bros 
Francanas 

<i IjASGOW 

"Empire (M) 2 
Tflscanelli 
Vera Lynn 
Madrigal 

Maurice Bocco . . 
Saveen 
p.ov Lester 
Van Dock 
C Warren & Jean 
Robinson Xc Martin 
LEEDS 
Empire (M) 2 
Ta Ra. Rah Boom 
Frankle Howerd 
Adrlenne 4c Leslie ' 
Morprau & Royle. 
Irving Cirdwood 
LEICESTER 
Palace (S) 2 
Soldiers in Skirts 
Joe Stein 
Max Carole 
Ronnie Stewart 
Fred Sloan 
Jackie Carr 
Vii-ki -Raymond 
Kenneth Allan 
Archie Usher 
Cyrus 

Forile & Sheen 
1/tVERPOOL 
Empire (M) 2. 

Syclo Bros 
leholas Bros 
Melville & Rekar 
Ben Yost CO 
N Hope & D Ray 
Billy Russell 
• ' Jl Louise &. Charles 
Raymond Smith 
B While & Ann 
„„ LONDON 
lllppodrome (BE) ■% 
Ylo Oliver 



Pat Kirkwood 
Fred Emney 
Melachrino Ore 
Marilyn Higl'tower 
Michael Bentine 
Jolie Andrews 
Jean Garson 
Santigo Bd 
Palladium (M) 3 
Andrews Sis 
Lew Parker. 
M CoUeano Co 
Frank Marlowe 
Elsa & Waldo 
Fayes 3 
r*en Youns: 
Joso Moreno Co 
Yvonne Walts 
FINSBl'RY PARK 

Empire Ol) 2 
Kaye's Pekinese 
Donald Peers 
Peter Brounh 
Arnley* St Gloria 
M Colleano Co 
Elsie Bower 
Houston * Stewart 
Scott Sanders 
Yvonno Wan** 
HACKNEY 
Empire (S) 2 
Forces Showboat 
Bartletl & Boss 
Harry Sei-ombo 
Loren Ijor'enz 
Cliff Sherlock 
Douglas Harris 
Reg Darnley 
Ttmar Bros 
Billy Wells 
Intl Singers 
SHEPHE'DS BLSII 

Empire (S> 2 
Mystery Cavalcade 
Great Lyle 
Con Colleano 
Stanelll 
Moke & Poke 
Wheeler & Wilson 
Kftrlson 3 

MANCHESTER 
Hippodrome (S) 2 
Poek-A-Boo 
Collnson & Breen 
Riley S, Heller 
Jack Edge 
Boros 
Kinyots 

Palace (31) 2 
Thanks for Memory 
Edgar Bergen 
Charlie McCarlby 
O H Elliott 
Gertie Gllana • 
Nellie Wallace 
Ella Shields 
Randolf Sutton 
O'Farrell & D'nvei'K 
Freddie Sanborn 
F B'mberg'r * ram 
Frank Marlowe 
Mario Louise ('has 
NEWCASTLE 
Empire (M) » . 
Vernon Sis 
John Boles 
Stevano 
Geo AVood 
Dolly ltarmer 
Joyce Golding 
F B'mberg'r & Pain 
Bill Kerr 
V it J Craslonlan 
NOTTINGHAM 
Empire (M) 2 
Picadilly Hayrlde 
Nat Jackley 
4 Hurricanes 
4 Pagolas 
Marienne Lincoln 
Jack Francois 
SHEFFIELD 
Empire (M) 2 
E & J Paul 
G & B Bernard 
B Lloyd & Betty- 
Eddie Gordon 
Dorothy Gray Co 
W Latona 4V.Simrks 
David Poole 
Reg Dixon 

SENDEItLANO 
Empire (.Mf Sy • 
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Cafe Society 

Downtown 

Mildred Bailey 
Avon Long 
Calvin Jackson 
Edmund Hall Ore 

ConaentHina 
F -l-ansford 
Gali-Gali 
Betty Bouney 
Ralt>h Young 
Ray Malone 
M Dnrao Oro 
Alvares Ore 
Illamnnd Horseshoe 
Jay Marshall 
Grace & Nicco 
Norma Slieperd 
Choral Octet 
H Sandler Ore 
Alvero-/ Mera 
Juenger Ballet Line 

El Chilli • 
Fernanda Crespa 
Comte Luis 
Victoria Barcelo 
Rita ft RoKino 
Los Panchos 

Havana-Madrid - 
l.os Bocheros 
Trfnl Reyes 
It Sanlillana 
Ralldl Font Ore 
.M.icluto Ore 
Hotel Behn't-riasa 
Eildie Stono Oro 

Hotel Biltmore 
Uums Morgan Ore 
Harold Nagcl Ore 

Hotel Edison 
Henry Jerome Ore 
! No 1 Fifth Ave 
I Turner Twins 
JaeU Kerr 
[laxel Webster 
Downey & Fonvllle 

Penthouse Club 
Martha Short 
Johnny Thompson 
Oscar Walzer 
Riviera 
Jane Froman 
Homo Vincent 
Ola ntlers 
Tony Ravaar' 
Joey Gilbert 
Donn Arclen Line 

Hotel Astor 
Dick J ui gens Ore 



Lenny Herman Ore 
Hotel New Vorkri 
B Cummins Ore 
Ice Revue 
Hotel Pennsylvania 
Skitch Henderson O 

Hotel Kt Merits 
Menconl Ore 
Jacutietina 
ida ft Vuro 

Hotel Taft 
Vincent Lopez Ore 
Charlie Drew. 

Latin Quarter 
Ina Ray Hut ton Oi 
Willie Shore 
Cross ft Dunn 
Land re ft Veirna 
Costello Twins 
Bon Vivants 
B Harlow Ore 

Le Riilaan Hlfn 
King Odoiu 4 
Naomi Stevens 
Louise Howard 
Edu Lubich 
Nermann I'aris 3 
Leon tt Eddie's 
Eddie Davis 
Art Wancr Ore 
Mar'ita ft Barreira 
L Nomura Dcrs 
.1 Lawrence 
Beverly Arnold 
Harry Prime 
yhepard-Line 

Old Roumanian • 
Sadie Banks 
Joe LaPorte Ore 
D'Aquila Ore 
Spivy's 
Tony Craig 
Mary McCarty 
Splvy 

Versailles 

Nancy Donovan 
Bob Grant Ore 

Panchito Oro 
Village Barn 

Hnl tlraham Ore 
Chubby Roe 
Kddv Howard 
Hill Duffy 
Barbara Duffy 
Mobs. Richard 
Piute Pete 

Walilnrf-Asiorla 
Freddy Martin Ore 
Mis'cha Borr Oro 



SAG-4A f s 

Continued from pafe 2 



questions they'll be officially repre- 
senting the 4A's. but their real 
authority will stem primarily from 
AFRA'S powerful position in the 
emerging TV setup. 

At a meeting of the 4A's inter- 
national board last Friday morning 
(30i, it was voted to protest to SAG 
over reports that the new agree- 
ment with the studios contains a 
clause giving the picture union jur- 
isdiction over films for tele. The 
4A's note to the SAG board noted 
that all TV jurisdiction is officially 
the domain of the parent union, 
with temporary control in the 
hands of the 4A's television com- 
mittee. 

According to SAG sources, the 
union's new pact with the studios 
states merely that an agreement 
covering telecasting of films will 
be worked out, but doesn't specify 
any terms or set a date for such an 
agreement. Under the circum- 
stances, if a satisfactory agreement 
isn't reached, all SAG can do is 
wait for expiration of the new con- 
tract, in October, 1949, or call a 
strike on 90 days' notice. SAG 
representatives explain that the 
clause calling for an agreement 
over films for tele serves merely 
as a "protection" for all the unions 
in the 4A's. 



Vanderbilt 

Continued from page Z ; 



tails, etc, who stands on his thumb 
atop a moving glass ball! A local- 
ly well known comedian, called 
something., like Charlie Boy (or 
Roy) did one of the best takeoffs 
on Charlie Chaplin I've ever seen. 
Crowd went wild. It was pouring 
outside and most people have to 
bicycle or come by tram to get 
there to see the show. In Stutt- 



10,000 lire with 900 to get in (lira 
now about 575 to the dollar.) 

Ran into Gene" Markey and 
Myrna Loy, the John Gunthers, 
Nancy de Marigney and Henry 
Fletcher'at the Excelsior, also boys 
from US carrier Keersage. Most 
Rome liquor is diluted and smells 
like vanilla. 

Trailer is parked here of all 



gart all British movies are showing ! Places, inside the Spanish Embas- 
The Macomber Affair.' It costs a I sy because the U. S. Embassy is too 



bar of soap or chocolate, or the 
equivalent of 6c, to get in. Coke 
is served when the reels are 
changed. Costs 4 wo bits a bottle. 



snooty to let "such crude American 
exhibition" into the US Embassy 
compound! The Greek Legation, 
Spanish and Yugoslavs all immedi- 



Switzerland is medium gay with ^* sk< : d \° h hous f us ' bl * t!le 



O'DonneN-Hughes 

' Continued from page 2 



ride the wide open spaces of Texas 
than be 'confined to the RKO cor- 
ral." 

Giving rise to the rumors prob- 
ably was the fact that Karl Hoblit- 
zelle, chief owner of Interstate, 
holds a big block of RKO stock. 



CHICAGO 



Rlackhawh 

Al Trace Ortrh 
Jackie Van 

Hotel Bismnrk 
Don McGrane Orcli 
Uic!iard Gordon 
Chester Dolphin 

Helslngs 
Prof. Backwards 
Lenny t'olyer 
Mike Young 
Hill Chandler Ore 
H Etlgewater Beaelt 
(Icq Olsen Ore 
II Williams Trio 
I'aul Sydell 
Ital Ray win 
Beltv Gray 
Dorothy Ktld 

Dancers (12) 
Gay nor ft Ross 
Cher. Puree 
Danny Thomas 
Martha King 



Mnffe ft Karr 
Leroy Bros (3) 
M Gould Ore (10) 
Lane Adams 
D t'hlesta Combo 
Dorothy Dorgen 
Dancers Co 
Hotel Stevens 
Bennv Strong Ore 
K ft F Ballard 
John Flanagan 
Jen il Arlcn 
Matian Spelman 
Skating Blvdears 
Bok Turk 
Kebileia ft Del Tori. 
Doris Donavan 
Etwood Carl 

Palmer House 
Llherace 
Clifford Guest 
M Abholt Doers, 10 
r-'lorinn ZaBach Ore 
Giselle ft F Szyoni 



Huddle on Last of '48 RKO Pix 

Hollywood, Aug. 3. 
Production program for the bal- 
ance of the year is being worked 
out by the new RKO triumvirate, 
following weekend conferences 
with Howard Hughes. Committee, 
comprising Bicknell Lockhart, C. 
J. Tevlin and Sid Rogell, already 
started huddles with indie produ- 
cers. 

The trio was unable to prepare 
in five days last week a program 
which generally requires months to' 
plan so it couldn't present the com- 
plete slate to Hughes at the week 
end meeting. Understand a strong 
possibility is "set-up" to teeoff pro 
duction when it resumes in Sep- 
tember. Meanwhile, new duties arc 
being lined up for Edgar Peterson, 
Dore Schary's former executive 
production assistant, idle since 
Schary left the lot. 



'Waltz' July Topper 



Continued from page 2 



which was out on pop-scale dates; 
"Mr. Blandings" (SRO) and 
"Fighting Father Dunne" (RKO). 

Besides "Largo" and "Affair," 
"Tap Roots" (U), "Beyond Gipry" 
(Par), "Abbott-Costello Meet 
Frankenstein" (U) and "So Evil 
My Love" (Pari, hint the greatest 
future possibilities on very limited 
engagements thus far. Of these, 
"Roots" and the new A&C horrific 
comedy have shown by initial test 
dates the biggest money potential. 
"My Love" and "Glory" both have 
only preem playdates to their 
credit thus far. "Feudin', Fussin' " 
(U) also has done fairly well to 
date. 

Both "Hazard" (Par) and "Deep 
Waters" (20th) were extremely 
spotty in the past month, latter 
being a definite disappointment. 
"Summer Holiday" (M-G) also did 
not go far in July. "Dream Girl" 
( Par) turned in few good weeks, 
most sessions being very light- 
weight. Another to get slim pick- 
ings was "Wallflower." 

"Remember Mama" (RKO) still 
was taking in nice coin during the 
3i days of July while "H^niecpriv 



Film Classics 

Continued from page S 



clai ing "our growth must be gradu- 
al." "We have already gained the 
respect of producers and exhib- 
itors, and their faith in us must 
not be shaken by any attempts by 
us to skyrocket to the top. The 
goal shall be reached in proper 
time/' 

Krauze announced the following 
eight promotions' in the company's 
sales setup: Jake Lutzer, from Dal- 
las exchange manage? to southern 
division manager; Jules K. Chap- 
man, from assistant general man- 
ager to assistant g.s.m.; Ralph 
Peckham, from Atlanta to Dallas 
branch manager; George Lefko, 
from Indianapolis to Detroit branch 
manager; John McKci.na, sales- 
man to heed of the N. Y. exchange; 
Lou Bernhard, salesman to head 
of playdate department; Ed Spiers 
from Milwaukee to Chicago branch 
manager; and Bob Bernhard, sales- 
man to assistant foreign sales man- 
ager. 

Al Zimbalist, ad-publicity chief, 
outlined exploitation plans for the 
company's new product, including 
upped trade paper campaigns and 
national advertising. Also in at- 
tendance were David Home, for- 
eign sales manager; reps from 
Canada, Portugal, Philippines and 
Hong Kong; and A. Pam Blumen- 
thal, chairman of the board of 
Cinecolor, parent company of Film 
Classics, • .', ■ 



Lugano the gayest spot of all. In 
Zurich the Petit Palais, at the Hotel 
Baur-au-Lac, puts on- tea dancing 
from 4 to 6; supper dancing from 
9 to 1. The orchestra here plays 
Americanese but the chanteuse 
sings it with a decidedly French 
accent. It is crowded to capacity 
and quite expensive. All whisky is 
about $2 a drink; all brandies 
about $1.50. Even bottled-waters 
are $1.50 the pint! Frascatti is do- 
ing the biggest dinner business at 
$5 the meal. The Dolder, on the 
hill, is duller than ever. All Eng- 
lish movies in local theatres save 
'GI Joe.' At Lucerne we went to 
the Kursall and saw an excellent 
exhibition of flag-throwing and 
horn-blowing — the latter eerie. It 
should be imported to the U.S. 
vaudeville st a g e . Dancing in 
another room here rather dull; or- 
chestra too British. Drinks also 
high at $2,50 apiece. Costs $1 to 
get into Kursall. Crowded with 
British and U.S. tourists on Thurs. 
nights. 

Italo Spots 

In Lugano the Capione is de- 
cidedly the best. You take a boat, 
go about an hour across to the tiny 
Italian town where there is a huge 
casino ■ — roulette, chemin-de-fer 
and bottle. Limit $1.25 per chip. 
This is the only spot Mussolini per- 
mitted to remain open for many 
years. Trade seems to be U. S., 
British, Italians, Belgians. Had ex- 
cellent steak dinner here for $16. 
Wines are high but good. Serve 
real caviar with all meals; also 
great assortment hors d'oevres. 

The Cecil also does a big busi- 
ness from 9 to 1 a.m. Has three 
floor shows: talent mostly French. 
Admission $2; an evening here with 
drinks about. $10 per person. On 
the outskirts of town three little 
jernts serve beer, vermouth and 
apple - drinks; have stringed or- 
chestras. 

Then comes the Castagnola with 
a big German dance band. This is 
all for the locals; averages about 
$3 per night per couple. The best 
spot in -town is the Kursall, which 
covers a city block. Has gambling 
(boule) at two bit limit; plus a 
huge dance-floor under a tent. The 
show Here excellent. The Saunders 
(2> feature a typical Houdini trunk 
act, one of the best ever seen; and 
troupe of Viennese gals which are, 
out-of-this-world. One of them, a 
child called 'Poushy' does one of 
the best acrobatic-dance-numbers 
seen- in Europe. There is also a 
female - impersonator with the 
troupe who is tops. All seven girl 
members have their Austrian moth- 
ers travelling with them. Town is 
filled with sidewalk cafes, each 
vying with the other with stringed 
orchestra. 

Villa d'Este was very dead. We 
learned here of Mike Romanoff's 
marriage. Very expensive here too. 
The Lido, Venice, is deader still. 
They have a wonderful setup; the 
show and 20 chorines from Paris. 
But no customers, due largely to 
fact that few Britishers can travel; 
there are practically no Americans; 
and other Europeans who are 
travelling are heading for Switzer- 
land where they can buy things. 
'Hitler, the Beast' OK B.O. 
Two pictures in Venice proper 
are doing a fair business. X)ne is 
"Hitler, the Beast of Berlin"; and 
the other "The Great Lie"! The 
gondoliers had a strike and upped 
their fare to $2 an hour from 50c! 

In Milan "Birth of a Nation" 
and "King Kong" are doing good 
business. In Florence the roof* 
garden of the Barvaroldi Hotel 
near the station has tea and supper 
dancing; both 'are also at the 23 
Club. Both pretty quiet, both with 
semi-US type orchestras. Film do- 
ing the best business was "The 
Thin Man"; also several local 
Italian films and some British.* 

In Rome, Josephine Baker, hav- 
ing doffed her banana-peels for 
some very chic ' Parisian 7 gbwns is 
packing 'em in at the Jardin della 
Roses. An evening here is about 



Spanish is the only one large 
enough to accomodate us. This is 
especially interesting to me as 
Franco kicked me out of Spain in 
1938; and my visa to Spain has 
been held up now for the past four 
months! We leave today for Athens 
I think. 



Film Subsidies 

; Continued from page 2 



J 



it shouldn't be just as cautious. 
And, there is also no reason to ex- 
pect it will allow in the film any- 
thing that isn't acceptable to the 
regime. While a bank is interested 
only in seeing that a film is enter- 
taining enough to pay the way, a 
government is naturally interested 
in keeping itself in power. Under 
such circumstances, it is hardly 
conceivable that films can be any- 
thing but propaganda media." 
British Started It 
Britain started the government- 
help trend two weeks ago with the 
announcement in the House of 
Commons by Board of Trade prexy 
Harold Wilson that legislation is to 
be introduced setting up a $200.- 
000,000 fund for loans to indie pro- 
ducers. These filmmakers have 
been stymied by inability to get 
coin from regular commercial 
sources because the investment is 
too risky. 

France came through next, with 
the French Assembly voting last 
week a 400,000,000 franc loan 
(about $1,860,000) to help the na- 
tive industry over its present hard 
times. The law also calls for an ap- 
proximately 20% tax on admissions 
to cover the loan, which must be 
repaid by the end of 1949. 

Loan to French producers is be- 
ing made for the same reason as 
the British — the filmmakers can't 
get the money from commercial 
sources because the risk is too 
great. French producers have long 
been asking for a subsidy or loan 
to help them compete with what 
they call unfair competition from 
foreign — especially American — 
films, which they say have already 
been amortized in their country of • 
origin. 

The Norwegian government, ac- 
cording to a report issued last 
week by U. S. Commerce Dept. film 
chief Nathan D. Golden, is ready 
to buy into Norsk Film and grant 
a large loan to expand the firm's 
production. Golden says the gov- 
ernment has proposed to become a 
stockholder in the firm to the tune 
of 203,000 kroner ($40,000), appro- 
priate another 250,000 kroner to 
establish an educational film 
branch of the firm, and grant a 
3,000 kroner loan to develop Norsk 
Film's studio at Jar. Many munici- 
palities have pledged 1% of the 
gross of municipally-owned the- 
atres as security for the loans. 
Danish Exhibs Support Plan 
In Denmark, according to a dis- 
patch to Variety, theatre owners 
have to pay heavily from their 
profits to the state film fund to pro- 
vide rewards to Danish producers. 
Almost every maker of serious 
films get a "reward" from the gov- 
ernment. And cartoon studios that 
make films which do not resemble 
those of Walt Disney too closely 
get an extra subsidy. 

Biggest sum went to Johan 
Jacobsen for his hardboiled cinema 
version of Soya's play, "Jenny and 
the Soldier." He got 100,000 
kroner (about $20,000). Dansk 
Tegne-og Farvefilm, which made 
the big local hit, "The Tinderbox," 
first Danish cartoon film, got 10,000 
kroner to make preparations for a 
new Hans Christian Andersen car- 
toon story, "Hans Clodhopper." 

None of this is news, of course, 
in the sovietized nations of Europe. 
There films are publicly stated to 
be instruments of the state for the. 
"education and enlightment of the 
people." The industries, in most 
cases, are complete government 
monopolies. 



Wednesday, August 4, 1948 



HOUSE REVIEWS 



47 



'Stop the Music' as Sock Theatre 
Parlays Banko With Top Show Values 



By ABEL GREEN 



I numbers are played, and around 7 



The more things ciiange the is the average of those who can 
e the same— from identify the L„ \° C L" 



more they are 
the cliche of the same name. Here 
'tis all over again — banknite with 
an ultra-modern jackpot gimmick, 
sparked by a • coast-to-coast radio 
show which is virtually the climax 
of radio's giveaway cycle. That the 
jure of something-for-nolhing has 
always been *a popular boxoffice 
feature, spurious as may be its 
basic premise, dates back in show 
business to "country store" nights 
and down through the years from 
free dishes to bingo and banko as a 
means to hypo the b.o. 

The spuriousness comes,' of 
course, from an obvious confession 
of weakness on the part of the 
basic entertainment values. When 
free dishes became the best mar- 
quee lure that talkers could offer, 
it was a sorry note for the picture 
business. And when radio's head- 
liners are keynoted by fabulous 
giveaways rather than basic talent, 
it certainly is something for radio 



Louis G. Cowan radio pack- 
age transmuted to Capitol, 
N. Y., stage; maestroed by 
Harry Salter with orchestra of 
16 (Salter created the idea); 
Bert Parks emcee, Kay Armen 
and Dick Brown; entr'actes 
Trixie, Jack Carter: "On an 
Island With You" {M-G), re- 
viewed in Variety April 28, 
'48. ' 



to worry about. And they are. True, 
the Fred Allen downbeat in the 
radio Hoopers — for whatever value 
these "ratings" have — came toward 
the ebb of the radio season, but it 
certainly dramatized what Louis 
G. Cowan's "Stop the Music" hour 
of giveaways, with the rather in- 
genious challenge to customer in- 
genuity via a "mystery melody," 
could do to further upset the nor- 
mal pattern of radio showmanship 
and merchandising. 

The sundry quiz and nonsense 
shows, capped of course by Ralph 
Edward's "Hush" and other con- 
tests, snowballed into making "Stop 
the Music" the highlight of them 
all. For here was a blend of aver- 
age values and average knowledge 
— the identification of a not-too- 
difficult pop songs, with the gim- 
mick of a longdistance phone call 
to some lucky individual— and the 
big payoff coming via the identifi- 
cation of the much more difficult 
"mystery melody." 

That Cowan, et al, don't bank on 
being bankoed out of business is 
this array of $5,000 jackpot prizes 
— a four-door Hudson sedan, West- 
inghouse refrigerator, Westing- 
house Laundermat, 72-plece silver 
service, a Philco video set. a vacu- 
um cleaner, complete lady's out- 
fit, complete man's ditto, two 
weeks' vacation trip to Lake Placid, 
a gas range, U. S. rubber bedspring 
and mattress, GE electric blanket, 
etc. Almost all of it is "promoted," 
and thus, too, brings into the the- 
atre a radio commercial sur-le-cuff. 
For .one thing, this is certainly a 
terrific trailblazer and trailer for 
the inevitable piping of commercial 
television into -theatres. (And the 
customers squawk when a sugar- 
coated commercial short, plugging 
a broad industry like tobacco, avia- 
tion, etc., is rung in by some ex- 
hibitors! It's a cinch, therefore, 
that henceforth this, too, will have 
a salutary effect in breaking down 
• that resistance. This is . something 
Charles P. Skouras has been prop- 
agating as a means to bolster the- 
atres' income but upon whieh the 
Johnston office and kindred bodies 
have frowned, on the theory the 
public comes into the theatre only 
to be "entertained," not com- 
mercially exposed to commercial 
' propaganda, in film form!). 

"Stop the Music" is a socko stage 
attraction under existing public 
standards, bringing to any theatre 
a vast radio audience which has 
been further conditioned by sun. 
dry columnar tipsters who make no 
bones about identifying the sundry 

mysterious melodies.'^ This was 
evidenced by the fact that one of 
the radio show's earliest "mystery" 
tunes was now performed like any 
casual pop tune, but was readily 
identified by a Tenafly, N. J., youth 
m the audience. 

The theatre presentation is 
simple and foolproof. Numbers 1- 
w-io whirl on an electric device 
and when maestro Harry Salter 
' who invented "Stop the Music," 
incidentally) pressed the electric 
wip to halt at any arbitrary point, 
one of the 10 aides of the program 
--scattered throughout the audi- 
torium — has a corresponding num- 
oer in huge numerals on his red 

«i az ?n' An usher is with each o£ 
we io, and he meantime has select- 
ed a patron, via a iishbowl system, 
the scat number in the correspond- 
ing section identifies each au- 
<"cnce participant. Some 11 or 12 



>-,k I . tne avera ge pop tunes, 
m *2 ato " ed by Salter or expertly 
warbled by Kay Armen and/or 
Dick Brown. Naturally the latter 
hum or slur over the title when 
rendering the tune vocally. 

These seven prizes usually aver- 
age around $50 each in value. Bert 
Harks, a very personable and en- 
gaging emcee, who is a cinch for a 
Hollywood test, calls the lucky 7 or 
8 qualifiers to the rostrum to com- 
pete tor the grand prize of $5,000, 
so far none has identified the 
. mystery melody" which, of course, 
is changed at every performance, 
lor obvious reasons. 

Even, without the change in pro- 
gram sequencing, as a means to de- 
teat any holdover wise-guy custom- 
ers, what was anticipated— an in- 
sufficent turnover— has not come 
to pass. For one thing, at least 
judging by opening day, the clien- 
tele attracted seems a rather "new 
faces" bunch of downtown deluxer 
customers. Many are elderly house- 
wives, from the suburbs, and not 
the bobbysox type who would stay 
on and on. Besides, it is readily 
apparent that the device of shift- 
ing programs, and the long-shot 
hazards of being anywhere in the 
neighborhood of one of the 10 ush- 
ers, makes for very difficult odds 
against any machinating custom- 
ers. All of these potentials have 
been thought out, and, as Allen 
Zee, the Cap's chief stager, has 
projected this presentation, it's a 
solid 35 minutes of entertainment. 
True, it is a mechanized form of 
showmanship which is devoid of 
the personal appeal of any of the 
pash warblers, for example, which 
at least is one element in favor of 
"round" actors. . After all, there 
apparently is a limitation to cash 
appeal only. 

Anyway, here is another show 
business phenomenon. That it's 
not all the soinething-for-nothing 
draw is a credit to all concerned, 
because with it has been blended 
some solid entertainment. Besides 
Parks' warm enthusiasm as emcee, 
and the vocal prowess of the sultry 
Miss Armen and the fetching bari- 
tone of Brown, there are the 
suave orchestrations of maestro 
Salter, some judicious mixing up of 
prizes for comedy appeal (such as 
$50 worth of fancy pipes to a girl, 
lingerie to a male runnerorp, etc.), 
and the human-interest appeal in 
Parks' staccato interviews with the 
7 or '8 lucky semi-finalists. He is 
quick on the uptake as they iden 



' The 1st Winnah 

The "Stop the . Music" give- 
away stage show at the Capitol 
theatre, N. Y., for the first 
time since it preemed last 
Thursday (29), poured out a 
$5,000 shower of merchandise 
to a musically hep patron at 
the second show yesterday 
(Tues.). The winner was James 
M. Hughes, Jamaica, L. I., and 
the tune, which he correctly 
name'.l, was "The Whistler and 
the Dog," author unknown. 
Hughes recognized the tune as 
one that' he played while a 
member of a juve orchestra in 
primary school. He's an x-ray 
technician in the N. Y. Dept. 
of Hospitals. 

Under the rules of the con- 
test, the next jackpot prize 
has been boosted to $7,500 in 
merchandise. Among the prizes 
Hughes received were" a new 
Hudson sedan, Philco televi- 
sion set, Westingbouse refrig- 
erator, gas range and rnany 
other smaller items. 



rounded song group topped by 
medley from "Oklahoflna!" with 
authenticity, through having ap- 
peared in the Iongrun musical. 

Second comedy spot has Van 
Kirk with his British music hall 
type of comedy. Some of it hits 
for yocks, but a good portion is 
lost. 

Teeoff spot is held down ade- 
quately try Mario and Francisco 
with their balancing stunts. Closers, 
the Albins, with their standard 
dance burlesque, garner hefty re- 
turns. 

Les Rhode house orch turns.Jn 
neat backgrounding. ■ . Lary. 



Casino, Loudon 

London, July 27. 
Les Coinpaonons de la Chan- 
son (9), Maxine Sullivan, Senor 
Wences, Moran & Elof, Jackie 
Hunter, Newman Twins, 3- Wiles, 
Roily Rolls, Doyle Kids, Medlock 
& Marlow, Harold Collins' Casino 
Orch. 



With a good all round bill of 
international appeal, current Casi- 
no show is destined to beat Lon- 
don's much delayed heat wave and 
certain to attract many tourists' 
here for Olympic Games. 

Newcomers to London, Les Com- 
pagnons de la Chanson, a troupe 
of nine Parisian singers who per- 
formed before Princess Elizabeth 
and the Duke of Edinburgh during 
their recent visit to the French 
capita], are refreshing and origi- 
nal. Possibly not more than one 
per cent of the audience could un- 
Jsung in 



!^-5f^ 1 **uWJte r K French"?, but they "enjoyed every 

minute of their act, particularly 



emote geographical places, high 
lighting anew what a transient 
draw a Times Square theatre must 
be for tourists. % 

Incidentally, in the event the 
giant selector, electrically moti- 
vated, breaks down— as occurred at 
the show caught— Parks has 10 
pingpong balls .with numbers 1-10 
therein, from which he can con- 
tinue drawing in fishbowl fashion. 

Rounding out "Stop the Music" 
is Trixie, expert femme juggler 
who has been around. Still liss- 
some and lithe, she gives her gams 
good display. Her tricks with balls, 
hats, juggling sticks, etc, make for 
a tiptop teeoff turn. 

Jack Carter is a comedy mopup 
with a good brand of mimicry. Per- 
sonable and authoritative from the 
start, the ex-"Call Me Mister" fun- 
ster has a strong routine that 
should click in cafes, radio and 
video as it does on the rostrum. 
His timing is worthy of a more 
seasoned veteran; his travesties on 
film stars clever and betimes devas- 
tating; and the finale newsreel bit 
socko. , , . 

The nearby Strand brings CBS 
"Winner Take All" to its stage 
later this month and the cycle ap- 
pears to be snowballing. _ 

Oh yes, a Technicolor filmusical, 
"On An Island With You" (M-G) is 
theoretically the major attraction, 
but looks like the radio giveaway 
program is really the prime draw 
this semester. 

Olviiipia. Miami 

Miami, July 31. 
Pat Patrick, Ruth Clayton,. Van 
Kirk The Albins, Mario & Fran- 
cisco' Les Riiode Hon.se Orch.; 
'•Miracle of the Bells" I RKO ) . 

Current layout makes for an on 
and off palm payoff for the talent. 
Reception was spotty at show 

Pat : Patrick, featured as Ercil 
Twing on the Bergen-McCarthy 
airer. holds topliner slot with a 
sesh of typical radio humor that 
too often didn't hit for laughs. 
Stuff could stand revamping, now 
that he's playing to a paying audi- 

ent'C 

vol laurels go to Ruth Clayton. 
The attractive ('•■'l'sh knows her 
way around and delivers a well 



their slick interpretation of a 
French folk song as done by an 
American singing act, a Russian 
cossack choir and an Italian tenor. 

Maxine Sullivan, colored song- 
stress, singing eight songs, cap- 
tured the mood of the house and 
was given an ovation. Favorite, of 
course, was delightful rendering of 
"Loch Lomond," with "Cockles and 
Mussels" a close runnerup. 

Although other acts are of sup- 
porting grade, the standard is com- 
mendably high and the show never 
has a dull spot. Moran and Elof, 
good team of eccentric dancers, 
open the bill, followed by Jackie 
Hunter, whose one man B.B.C. 
takes in everything from the 
chimes of Big Ben to "Children's 
Hour" and consists of a series of 
non-sto: gags, some of which, how- 
ever, are familiar to radio listeners 
here. 

Another importation from the 
U. S., the Three Wiles, win a big 
hand for their effective wooden 
soldier act. Roily Rolls, who can 
make a piano do anything from 
Liszt to boogie-woogie, is an ac- 
complished musician as well as a 
first class showman. Medlock and 
I^arlow score with knockabout 
comedy antics, while the Newman 
twins display energy and dexterity 
in a fine balancing turn. 

The Doyle Kids were out of bill 
at opening show. • Myro. 

Apollo, ¥. 

Gene Amman* with Jimmie 
Dale's orch (16) and Leon Ketch- 
um, Una Mae Carlisle, Woody & 
Bobby, Coles & Atkins, Crack- 
shot/' Edna Harris, Monte Hawley; 
•'Crime Doctor's Gamble" < Col). 

Layout at this Harlem sepia 
vaudery this week falls into a 
familiar groove. Format has sax 
star Gene Amnions with Jimmie 
Dale's band to lure 'em in, aided 
by songstress-pianist Una Mae Car- 
lisle. Sandwiched in the show are 
the ofay roller skating turn of 
Woody « Bobby, comedy tcrp team 
Coles & Atkins and the houses 
standard comedy blackout players 
"Cr.-u'r Edna Harris and 

M Wood> & Bobby, two youthful 



males, whirl around a small, circu- 
lar platform. One lad, attempting 
to skate among a group of bottles 
without knocking 'em down, mis- 
cued or his first try, but handled 
the feat successfully on next try 
for appreciative reception: For 
closer both skaters dish out tandem 
spinning atop a raised platform. 

Dale's band, despite its size, 
emerges as only an ordinary aggre- 
gation. It's chief forte is its vol- 
ume, furnished by the eight brass 
in respense to the exhortations of 
Dale, who hops up and down in 
jumpingjack fashion. He played no 
instrument when caught. Among 
other tunes dished up by the out- 
fit are "Red Tpp," a noisy instru- 
mental piece, and a. blaring, non- 
descript item tagged "Bop vs. 
Boogie." Orch's vocalist, Leon 
Ketchun:, displays a wooden de- 
livery on "Where or When." 

Miss Carlisle, as per usual, clas- 
sily warbles %nd ivories a quintet 
of numbers. Standout is "Piano 
Boogie," in which she rouses the 
patrons from their lethargy via ter- 
rific pianistics. Closes with own 
composition, "Walkin' by the 
River." Hers is a lacquered turn 
that's plenty solid. 

Honi Coles & Cholly Atkins, fre- 
quently booked here, tee off with 
a little stepping then segue into 
song. Follow with slow motion 
terping. One lad breaks away to 
contrib some spirited footwork on 
his own. Pair rejoins for a fast 
finish to nice mitting. Rounding 
out the bill is comedy blackout 
featuring "Crackshot," Miss Harris 
and Hawley. It's pretty feeble hu- 
mor, but nevertheless registered. 

Gilo. 



Steol l»ier, A.C. 

Atlantic City, July 30. 
Mills Bros., Narda, Maja & 
Doves, Varsity Coeds, Jack Leon- 
ard, Roxyettes, Johnny O'Connell 
and orchestra; "Heart of Virginia." 

Another sock show with the 
Mills Bros, topping on display at 
this huge vaude theatre this week. 
On night reviewed, all 2,400 seats 
were filled plus standees. 

Rotund Jack Leonard, who plays 
this spot every summer, is back -as 
emcee and keeps things moving at 
nice pace with slick timing and 
patter. He brings on the Roxy- 
ettees in clever Scot number for 
good returns. Then introduces the 
Varsity Coeds for song stanza, in- 
cluding "It's a Good Day" and a 
medley of top college tunes to reg- 
ister solidly.. Dot Norton, soprano 
pleases with "Italian Street Song" 
followed by Roxyettes who come on 
while Varsity girls remain on 
stage. Girls are dressed in Mexi- 
can, in a colorful Mexican number 
as prelude for Narda, Maja and the 
Doves. 

The two dancers, to the beating 
of a tom-tom, come on a dimly lit 
stage as dancers gradually exit. As 
the lights slowly come up audience 
isees fluttering doves trained to 
i take off from a stick mounted over 
girl's head. They perch all over 
her as she does her dance. Turn 
has smashing climax when the two 
dancers' costumes, and the . doves, 
glow out of darkness in strobolitc 
numbers. Gets nice reception. 

Leonard returns with patter 
aimed at South Philly crowd and 
Johnny O'Connell, baad leader. 
After stint which is tops with audi- 
ence he brings on Mills Bros. 

This foursome with guitar play- 
er e a s i 1 y cop the show. They 
swing out with "You Broke The 
Only Heart That Ever Loved You" 
and then "What You Don't Know 
Won't Hurt You." Encore with 
bestseller disk, "Paper Doll" and a 
jump tune, "Up A Lazy River," and 
"Basin Street Blues" for solid re- 
turns and begoff. Line comes 
back for neat bell number. Spec- 
ialty tuned bells are strapped to 
girls' arms, legs and bodies. They 
do neat turn followed by "Two 
Hearts Beat In Three Quarters 
Time" as the various groups jangle 
chords with orchestra carrying mel- 
ody. Number winds up with playing 
of "I'm Forever Blowing Bubbles" 
with huge billow of colorful bub- 
bles as background. 

Bill is best George Hamid has 
offered here this year. Walk. 

Aquashow, N.Y. 

(Flushing Meadows Amphitheatre) 

Gus Van, Marshall Bros. (2) 
Tip, Tap & Toe, Walter Scheff. 
Jimmy Ross; June Dearing, Bobby 
Knapp, featured swimmers; diving 
champs, Joe Flynn, Betty Ball, Lc'n 
Carney, Norma Dean, Stanley Du- 
dak, Sheila Kelly, Whitey Bond, 
Marshall Wayne.; Aquazanies (8), 
Afjuadorablcs (32), Louis Basil 
Band (13). 



the topflight piano act of Van It 
Schenck. Van scores, per usual, 
with his comedy versions and pat- 
ter to practically steal the show. 
Despite late spotting, next to clos- 
ing, he held them in a 25-minute 
session of songs and funstering for 
a begoff. Teeing off with "I'm So 
Glad to be Remembered," which 
sets him pretty, he segues into 
"McNamara's Band" for a dialect 
workout for additional salvos. Then 
a reprise of Van & Schenck yester- 
year hits as a nostalgic salute to 
his departed partner, which the 
mob saengerbunding with him in 
house-party style. Encores with an 
income tax parody for more 
plaudits. Marshall Bros, are as- 
clicko as usual with their zanyisms 
and ribbing or radio stanzas, that 
ring high on the laugh meter. Top 
with satirical takeoffs on Holly- 
wood greats to sew things up. Tip, 
Tap & Toe, colored male trio, are 
also solid in dance stanza. Lads 
contrib a cavalcade of hoofing in 
expert fashion, knock themselves 
out to please and are amply re- 
warded. Walter Scheff pleasingly 
baritones way through "Plenty of 
Nothin'," "Temptation" and "OP 
Man River." 

Tank section of the show, spear- 
headed by June Dearing and Bobby 
Knapp, provides color and plenty 
of aqua artistry. Each offer nifty 
solo work and later team for- 
equally effective tandem items. 
Trick and fancy diving is projected 
by contingent of diving champs 
listed above and carried over from 
previous show. Comedy is ac- 
centuated by male octet of clowns, 
Aquazanies, who keep things roll- 
ing in merry fashion. There's also 
a Superman satire and fire-diving 
stunt for the thrill section. The 
Aquadorables, 32 lookers with nifty 
chasis and colorful costumes, are 
spotted in a trio of production 
numbers that point up precision 
ballet stuff and win nice returns. 
Jimmy Ross emcees affably and 
handles vocals for productions. 
Louis Basil, former batoneer at 
Loew's State, N. Y., prior to the 
demise of vaude there, fronts a 12- 
piece brass and reed outfit that 
provides capable backing for show. 

{New vaude bill opening last 
night (3) is topped by Johnny 
Burke, sad sack comic, and includes 
Brookins & Van, colored musical 
team, and Three Cantons, Chinese 
acrobats. ) "Edba. 



Elliott Murphy has hit the jack- 
pot with his combo of aquatic fea- 
tures and vaude displays on the 
. former World's Fair site of Billy 
! Rose's Aquacade. In its fifth week 
of current season the water frolic 
has been doing turnaway biz. 

Current "on stage" layout Is 
i topped by Gus Van. vet dialect 
songster and surviving member of 



Hippodrome, Balto. 

Baltimore, Aug. t. 
Winter Sisters (3), Ada Lynne, 
Lee Davis, Ames Bros. (4), Jo 
Lombardi House Orch ( 12 ) ; "Raw 
Deal" (EL). 



Current layout is nicely paced by 
Lee Davis and highlighted by 
strong contributions by Ada Lynne 
ar.d the Ames Bros. Flashy opener 
is provided by the Winters Sisters, 
trio of tumbling gals who come 
up with some new tricks, good for 
a potent getaway and a swell spot- 
setter for Miss Lynne. Comedienne 
gives out with special material 
wrapped around vocals which are 
top flight and good for sock beg- 
off. Impression of Martha Raye 
and bit about "the act that ruined 
vodvil" are standout. 

Davis is a pleasing comic who 
gets better on each appearance, 
thanks to new material. Gags on 
political situation and parodies are 
sold well. Does a good job as emcee 
as well as his own extended bit. 
Sets pace for punchy closing by 
the Ames Brothers. Quartet of 
singers ing the bell. Arrangements 
of "Sing, Ging, Sing," "Because," 
"Barher Shop," a medley of oldies, 
and a solid "Sabre Dance" are all 
groovey and a perfect clincher. 

Biz: okay. Burm. 




TURNER TWINS 

Songs 

10 Ming. 

No. One Fifth Ave., N. Y. 

The Turner Twins, a decorative 
singing combination who look and 
dress alike, have a good chance of 
making the grade in intimeries. 
Gals are personable, have good de- 
liveries, and make an okay impres- 
sion on the customers in the 

•special material idiom and straight 
song work. 

However, the team has still to 
reach its maximum effectiveness. 
They are still in the process of final- 
izing their routines. One neces- 
sary item is the addition of special 
material which comes off with 
greater impact than their straight 
numbers. Their material tunes 
have a slight touch of sophistica- 

jtion, but are not indigo enough to 
get them in wrong with the family 

I trade. The Turners' straight num- 

jbers need some rearrangement to 
take out the long stretches of uni- 
son singing. These are minor mat- 
ters that can be worked out during 

; their stand at this spot, and upon 
completion can be a safe bet for 
most intimate cafes. Jose. 



48 



Lucia Chase Quits After $2,( 
Outlay; Free-for-M Seen in Dance 
With Ballet Theatres Suspension 



Wednesday, August 4, 1948 



News that Ballet Theatre was-* 
suspending performances till 1949 
caused consternation in dance cir- 
cles. On the employment side 
alone, 40 dancers are out of work, 
following soon after loss of jobs 
to 80 or 90 dancers via closings of 
the legiters "Allegro," "Look; Ma, 
I'm Dancin' " and '-'Brigadoon." 
Significance of Ballet Theatre's an- 
nouncement, however, has much 
wider ramifications. 

Ballet Theatre announced over 
the weekend that it was suspend- 
ing this fall and cancelling all 
bookings until after the first of the 
year. Troupe, recognized as the 
leading V. S. dance company, and 
about to celebrate its 10th season, 
had set up bookings through next 



NEGRO OPERA HOUSE 
PLANNED FOR WASH. 

Washington, Aug. 3. 
Mrs. Mary Cardwell Dawson, 
president of the National Negro 
Opera Co., has launched a drive 
for funds to build an opera house 
in Washington with its "doors open 
to all America." A music festival 
is scheduled for Saturday (7) with 
Noble Sissle, bandleader, as master 
of ceremonies. The group is con- 
ducting free discussion periods 
daily this week and an "opera ex- 
hibit" is planned. 

The group has an appointment 
spring. It was to open in early Friday (6) morning with President 
October in Allentown, Pa., with j Truman to discuss the plans. 

-bookings on the eastern seaboard j . • 

until Christmas. 

Company announced that in- 
creased production and operating 
costs, plus unsettled conditions in 
the theatre generally, led to "the 
suspension. They had decided to 
give no performances this season 
until a sum was raised in advance 
"to meet all financial needs." Com- 
pany announced it definitely wasn't 
going out of business, and that 
Blevins Davis, as president of Bal- 
let Theatre Foundation, would try 
to raise $200,000 this fall to insure 
BT's continuance, including a 
spring season in '49 at the N. Y. 
Metopera House. 

Ballet circles, however, regard 
the suspension of BT as likely to 
be longer than the announced pe- 
riod. Company's 40 dancers, whose 
contracts were to be renewed this 
month, will likely all look for other 
jobs, and unless BT wants to keep 
them on salary for five months 
(which, is unlikely), many won't 
be available in '49. BT would like- 
ly have to recruit a complete new 
, company. 

Managers Scurry for Subs 
BT's suspension has left open 
• dates, and local managers through- 
out the country have been scurry- 
ing around New York looking for 
substitute bookings. This leaves 
the field open for rival ballet 
troupes, which will make BT's re- 
emergence that much more diffi- 
cult. Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo, 
It's chief rival, is already com- 
pletely booked up for next season 
and isn't available for sub dates. 

Sol Hurok, who is now in Eu- 
rope, is importing the Paris Opera 
Ballet for a fall New York en- 
gagement in conjunction with the 
Greater New York Jubilee, and 
for a short subsequent tour. This 
•tour may now be extended. Two 
other French ballet companies, as 
well as the Marquis de Cuevas' 
Grand Ballet de Monte Carlo are 
anxious to play the U. S., and it's 
now considered likely that Hurok 
(wltt> used to book Ballet Theatre) 
will grab one. 

Weary of Totin' That Bankroll 



Twofer Switches 
Ire Legit Public 

Although two-for-ones are cred- 
ited with supplying the boxoffice 
hypo that's keeping several Broad- 
way shows on the boards, the de- 
vice has also led to situations in 
which theatre patrons have blown j 
their tops. In one such instance 
last week an enraged femme play- 
goer phoned Variety to report 
being turned away from the ticket 
window of a Broadway house after 
attempting to use a two-for-one ad- 
mission check. 

According to her story, another 
femme immediately ahead of her 
in line was told that the perform- 
ance was sold out when she pre- 
sented two-for-one pasteboards. 
When she herself reached ticket 
window, she related, she first asked 
for tickets, which the b.o. man 
took from the rack. Then she pro- 
duced her two-for-one stubs, where- 
upon the b.o. man pulled back the 
tickets and refused to sell them to 
her except at face value. When- 
she argued with him, he became 
abusive, she claimed, and threat- 
ened to have her ejected from the 
lobby. 

There have been a number of 
more or less similar incidents re- 
ported at various shows using the 
"twofers," although there's been 
no "other stated case of the b.o. 
treasurer threatening the playgoer 
with a heave-ho. It's explained 
that some cases of dissatisfaction 
are probably inevitable, as theatre 
treasurers usually refuse to sell 
tickets on a two-for-one basis if the 
sale for any performance is ap- 
proaching a sellout. The idea is 
that a certain portion of the house 
should be held for full-price pa- 
trons who arrive just before, cur- 
tain time. 

Some of the unpleasant incidents 
Reason given in the trade for i are regarded as resulting from mis- 



BT's suspension is the fact that 
Lucia Chase, its co-director and an- 
gel, is tired of shelling out money 
for the troupe and is acquiring 
other interests. Ballet Theatre last 
season cost her an estimated $275,- 
000. Of that about $170,000 was 
dropped in the five-week spring 
engagement at the Met; N., Y., 



understanding on the part of the 
holders of the "twofers." Actually, 
nothing on the face of the bargain 
check actually guarantees that it 
entitles' the bearer to the discount 
price. On the other hand, there's 
nothing .to indicate that the two- 
for-one privilege is at the discre- 
tion of the theatre treasurer. The 



ed statement, "One-half price good 
now until (specified date), all per- 
formances," entitles the holder to 
the reduced price scale shown on 
the check. 



With $80,000 going to pay for two : natural assumption is that the print 
new ballets produced, and,$90,000 
for five weeks' loss in running ex- 
penses. Miss Chase poured about 
$235,000 into Ballet Theatre the 
previous season. 

Ballet Theatre's suspension will 
-thus likely conclude an unusual 
situation in show biz annals — the 
spectacle of an "angel" pouring 
huge sums annually into a dance 
venture, to total almost $2,000,000 
over a period of 10 years. No other 
person, in the present or past, in 
Europe or America, ever spent so 
much money on the ballet. 



Linnit & Dunfee to Do 
Hinton's French Play 

Linnit & Dunfee, British pro- 
ducers, have bought Jane Hinton's 
adaption of the French comedy 
success, "Premier Bal," by Charles 
Spaak and Pierre Brive. Play will 
be produced in London this fall 
under title of "Love's a Funny 
Thing." 

Miss Hinton, New York scribe 
and literary agent, will also handle 
the American dramatisation of 
Paul Vialar's French novel, "Une 
Ombre." Rights to the novel have 
been obtained by Aub'ry Publica- 
tions, New York literary agents. 

Yule Finds There's 
NoRestforThesp 
In Connecticut 

Joe Yule, title comedian in 
"FinianV Rainbow," at the 46th 
Street theatre, N. Y., missed two 
performances last week because of 
a sore - throat. But the two-day 
layoff was too strenuous for him, 
so he hurried back to the show to 
recover his health. 

When the actor withdrew from 
the cast after the matinee 
Wednesday (28), producer Lee 
Sabinson invited him to his Con- 
necticut home for a rest. At the 
pace Sabinson drove along the 
Merritt parkway in Connecticut, 
Yule immediately began wishing 
he was back in the show. That 
night, Sabinson, Yule and press- 
agent Sam Friedman drove to 
Guilford, Conn., to see a strawhat 
performance, and, on the way home, 
the rear of the car, where the actor 
was sitting, caught fire. 
, Thursday afternoon (29) on the 
beach at Westport, just as Yule 
got comfortably stretched out on 
the sand, he was dragooned into 
participating in a remote broad- 
cast by shortwave ' pickup over a 
local radio station. A severe case 
of sunburn kept him awake all that 
night. His sore throat was well 
next day — well enough for him to 
return to "Finian," -that is. 



Stadium Finale Proves Pops' Pays 



'WINSLOFS' SNAG IN 
FRISCO ON BOY ACTOR 

San Francisco, Aug. 3. 

Management of "The Winslow 
Boy" was railed before the Cali- 
fornia State Labor Commission last 
week (28) to explain why a theat- 
rical permit had not been obtained 
for Michael Newell, 16 - year - old 
performer, appearing in the pro- 
duction. James Troup, manager of 
the all-British company, told Sam 
Burman of the labor law enforce- 
ment division that it was "an un- 
fortunate oversight" which would 
be corrected immediately. The re- 
quired permit was obtained im- 
mediately following the hearing 

It was explained that young 
Newell had received permission 
from a British magistrate to ap- 
pear on the. stage and had complied 
with English educational require- 
ments for working youngsters. 



SEATTLE SYMPH SEEKS 
GROFE, GOULD FOR TOPS' 

Seattle, Aug. 3. 

The Seattle Symphony Orchestra 
is negotiating with composer-con- 
ductor Ferde Grofe and composer- 
pianist Morton Gould to direct 
popular concerts here during the 
coming season. 

Bid was tendered by Louis La- 
Bow, president of the orchestra. 



'Desire' to Tee Off Nixon 
Next-to-Closing Season 

Pittsburgh, Aug. 3. 
Legit season at the Nixon will 
tee oft Sept. 13 with the No. 2 
company of "Streetcar Named De- 
sire," headed by Uta Hagen and 
Anthony Quinn, which comes here 
as the opening American Theatre 
Society — Theatre Guild subscrip- 
tion play. Gertrude Bromberg, who 
left "John Loves Mary" in Chicago 
last week, goes out in advance of it. 

This will be the next to last year 
for the local playhouse. Building 
was recently sold to Aluminum Co. 
of America, and is to be torn down 
in the spring of 1950 to make way 
for new Alcoa offices. So far noth- 
ing's being done to insure a thea- 
tre site for Pittsburgh after that, 
and prospects for the future of 
legit locally are pretty gloomy. 



Gala Ballet Russe Met 
Season Reunites Stars; 
Massing Markova Return 

Ballet Russe de" Monte Carlo is 
augmenting its regular company 
with a group of former stars for an 
autumn three-week season at the 
Metropolitan Opera House, N. Y., 
to inaugurate its 10th season. The 
troupe, whose stars are Alexandra 
Danilova and Frederick Franklin, 
will also have Leonide Massine, 
Mia Slavenska, Alicia Markova and 
Anton Do fin temporarily on its 
roster. All, except Dolin, are for- 
mer members of Ballet Russe. 

Miss Markova made her Ameri- 
can debut -with the company in 
1938, then going on to Ballet Thea- 
tre and her own small troupe with 
Dolin. Miss Slavenska now heads 
her own small troupe, booked by 
Columbia Artists Mgt Trio of 
Danilova, Markova and Slavenska 
will give Ballet Russe the strongest 
ballerina , lineup in current ballet 
history. Engagement begins Sept. 
18. 

Massine has been in England 
lately, making films (such as "Red 
Shoes") and staging ballets at 
Covent Garden. He was due in 
New York yesterday (Tues.). In ad- 
dition to dancing, he'll revive two 
of his ballets, Beethoven's Seventh 
Symphony and Rouge Et Noir. 

Tamara Toumanova, wife of film 
producer-writer Casey Robinson, 
was asked to rejoin the company 
for the Met engagement, but 
bowed out in a disagreement over 
dancing roles. She's' also busy on 
the Coast heading a company film- 
ing ballet shorts, first of them be- 1 
ing "Swan Lake." in which she 
dances the lead role. 



Rain Can't Dampen 
Lambs Gub Wash 



Even inclement weather Sunday 
(1) couldn't stymie the fun and 
frolicking at The Lambs annual 
Wash, held as usual, at the Percy 
Williams Home, East Islip, L. I. 
Some 300 were in attendance and 
despite wet grounds and wetter 
Lambs, the outdoor events, such as 
races, etc., went on as per sched- 
ule. Topping this division was a 
five-inning baseball game between 
"Senator" Ed Ford's Little Pota- 
toes Hard to Peel and Al Schact's 
Clowns. Game was called on ac- 
count of rain and started for the 
same reason. The pellet was hit 
over the lot so many times the ex- 
pert accountant keeping score was 
seized with writer's cramp before 
completing tabulation of runs. Joe 
Laurie. Jr., and Larry McDonald 
called shots at the game. 

Preceding the outdoor exercises 
the gang - tucked napkins under 
their chins at luncheon and again 
at dinner. The 30 guests Of the 
Actors Fund home participated in 
festivities and enjoyed ensuing 
revelry. 

After dinner a show was staged 
for these "guests" in the main hall 
and gifrpackages distributed to all. 

Those participating in the show 
were William Holbrook, George 
Jayson, magico; George Shelton 
and Al Madru in comedy skit, a* 
group of others in a Paid Gerard 
Smith playlet, "Holywood Holdup" 
and "Three Prominent Love Chil- 
dren," with Bruce Evans, Don 
Gautier, Jack Curry and Les 
Kramer. ' 

Happy Felton was Collie for the 
affair, ably assisted by committee 
of Herders. 

Entourage made trip both ways 
in special train. 



* The Rodgers and Hammerstein 
program Saturday (7) that will 
close the season at Lewisohn Sta- 
dium, N. Y— the first time in its 
31 years that the Stadium has de- 
voted an entire program to Ameri- 
can musical comedy and film melo- 
dies — i s only another proof of the 
increasing draw of "pop" programs 
in alfresco longhair circles. 

The Gershwin program June 28 
at the Stadium drew 18,000 people. 
Hazel Scott drew 14,000; Sigmund 
Romberg, 18,000. Classical artists 
like Isaac Stern drew 9,000; Wil- 
liam Kapell, 10,000; Claudio Arrau 
and Nathan Milstein, 12,000 each, 
and Mischa Elman, 17,000. Jose 
Iturbi drew the season's record 
crowd, 19,000, and his film popu- 
larity is credited for part of the 
draw. Likewise for Lauritz Mel- 
chior, who sang light songs as well 
as classics, and who drew 16,000. 

Night-by-night attendance has 
held up at the Stadium this year 
as against last, except for bad 
weather. Where there was only 
one rainout last season, there have 
been eight thus far this year, as 
well as six more threatening- 
weather nights. Total receipts will 
thus be off. Where the Stadium's 
deficit last season was $75,000, on 
a budget of $250,000, this season 
it is expected to be much more. 
This year's operating budget was 
$262,500. 

Saturday's Rodgers and Hammer- 
stein program will consist of songs 
and music from the legiters "Okla- 
homa!", "Carousel" and "Allegro," 
and the film "State Fair." Soloists 
will be Annamary Dickey, Gladys 
Swarthout, Thomas Hayward and 
Robert Weede, and the "Allegro" 
Chorus of 40. Alexander Smallens, 
borrowed from Radio City Music 
Hall, will conduct. 



Kettering's New Play 

Chicago, Aug. 3. 

Ralph T. Kettering, the veteran 
playwright and publicist, has a new 
play, "Not By Might," which he 
will talk over when he hits Broad- 
way .the end of this month. 

For the next four weeks, how- 
ever, he has taken over as sub for 
Sam Weller, ahead of the national 
company of "Oklahoma!" who has 
been doing that chore for five 



Interstate Lining Up 

Its Texas Legit Slate 

Dallas, Aug. 3. 
Charles J. Freeman, head of In- 
terstate Circuit's legit department, 
has announced tentative dates for 
some of the shows to be presented 

I here during the 1948-49 season. 
"Oklahoma!" will play a four-day 

! return engagement at the Majestic, 
Sept. 27-30. The show played a 
record-breaking run during the 
spring of 1947 at the State Fair* 
Auditorium under Interstate 
auspices. In addition to the local 
booking, "Oklahoma!" will be pre- 
sented in Fort Worth, ' San An- 
tonio and Houston. 

"Burlesque," with Bert Lahr, 
will be on the Melba stage Dec. 
3 and 4 following engagements at 
Fort Worth, Austin, San Antonio 
and Houston. "Carousel" will be 
presented at either the Majestic or 
Palace, Dec 16. It also will be 
seen in Fort -Worth, Houston and 
San Antonio. Shaw's "Man and 
Superman," starring Maurice 
Evans, has been booked for the 
Melba, Feb. 18-19. It's also sched- 
uled for Houston, San Antonio, 
Austin and Fort Worth. 



Idea' in Dual Bow 6,000 
Miles Apart; Anderson 
To Share in Both Grosses 

Two companies of Robinson Jef- 
fers' "-Medea" will open simulta- 
neously 6.000 miles apart, when the 
touring troupe headed by Judith 
Anderson bows Sept. 6 in San 
Francisco and a British production 
headed by Eileen Herlie preems in 
London same date. English troupe 
is debuting Aug. 23 at the Interna- 
tional Arts Festival in Edinburgh, 
before the London run. 

Miss Anderson will make a hefty 
piece of change out of the British 
production, without having the 
least hand in it. On the U. S. tour 
in which she's starred (with John 
Emery and Hilda Vaughn as likely 
support). Miss Anderson will play 
for a $1,500 guarantee against 15% 
of the gross, plus 30% of whatever 
the firm of Whitehead & Rea 
makes out of it. 

Robert Whitehead & Oliver Rea 
produced "Medea"„ on Broadway 
last season with Miss Anderson, 
but because of a disagreement with 
them, Miss Anderson refused to 
tour under their management. 
Guthrie McClintic is presenting 
the attraction. on tour, by arrange- 
ment with W&R. McClintic is also 
staging the tour version. When 
producers W&R originally sought 
Miss Anderson for the lead (author 
Jeffers had promised her first re- 
fusal of it), they agreed to give 
Miss Anderson a share in the play, 
wherever it might be staged, 
whether she was in it or not. 

Hugh. Beaumont is presenting the 
British version, in association with 
W&R. Latter have to give Miss An- 
derson 30% of whatever they real- 
ize in Britain on Miss Herlie's and 
the play's draw. The U. S. tour is 
booked through next March. 
Drama will play three weeks in 
Frisco, then three more in Los 
Angeles. It will then tour north- 
west and east, to land in Chicago 
for Thanksgiving. Show will likely 
play there through Christmas. 



Kernut Bloom garden has 

dropped his option on Kenneth 
White's "The Inconceivable War" 



Bay to Work on 'Girls' 

Hollywood, Aug. 3. 

Howard Bay has inked to direct 
and design sets for "As the Girls 
Go," new Mike Todd musical 
scheduled for Broadway in the fall 
With Bobby Clark starred. Music 
is by Jimmy McHugh and Harold 
Adamson. 

Bay, who designed "Magdalena," 
turned down a pair of film offers 
to do "Girls." 



Wednesday, Awgnit 4, 1948 



ILECITIIIfATi: 



IRON CURTAIN OPENS FOR LEGIT 




Tax Bogey Nixed in Treasury 
Ruling; FuD Losses Can Be Deducted 





The dreary financial outlook for* 
the coming legit season was light- ' 
ened a. trifle last week by the 
Treasury Dept.'s new okay of lim- 
ited partnerships for production 
investment. Instead of subjecting 
such ventures to a 38%' profits tax 
and limiting investors to a deduc- 
tion of only $1,000 per show, the 
Government decision restores the 
old setup for limited partnerships. 

For the moment, the financing of 
new shows is eased, and a number 
of pending productions that had 
fceen more or less in abeyance be- 
cause of insufficient backing are 
apparently again in active prepara- 
tion. There were several reported 
instances of investors "putting up 
production coin as soon as the Gov- 
ernment ruling was announced. 
Other shows, for which money-rais- 
ing was at a standstill are again 
being auditioned, or scripts are be- 
ing circulated, for prospective 
backers. 

The Treasury Dept. decision is 
a two-fold windfall for showmen. 
Oq one hand, it exempts produc- 
tion, profits from the 38% corpora- 
tion' tax. On the other, It permits 
investors to deduct the full amount 
of their theatrical investment losses 
on their income tax returns. 
League is Clarified 

The League of N. Y. Theatres, 
which appealed the earlier Treas- 
ury .ruling, was notified that the 
partnership agreement it submitted 
"created a partnership within the 
meaning of. the Internal Revenue 
Code and the applicable provis- 
ions." The statement also said that 
"a partnership created by such an 
agreement lacks the essential char- 
acteristics of an association taxable 
as a corporation." 

It's expected that the new Treas- 
ury ruling wpl also apply to Max 
Gordon's production of "Junior 
Miss," which was financed by letter 
of agreement as a joint venture, 
but which tax officials will now 
presumably classify as essentially 
similar to a limited partnership. 
The Government had previously 
levied a claim of $120,000 in cor- 
porate taxes and penalties against 
the producer in connection with 
"Junior Miss." 

The limited partnership agree- 
ment submitted by the League of 
N. y. Theatres is virtually the same 
as that used by most Broadway 
managements in recent years, 
though most such pacts have 
special clauses of various kinds to 
cover individual circumstances. 
Copies of the League's limited 
partnership agreement are avail- 
able at the organization's office in 
New York. 

As an example of how the tax 
snarl was holding up show financ- 
ing, Howard Cullman, one of the 
largest and most active backers of 
shows, was reported, for instance, 
to have agreed to take a 10% share 
fa the scheduled production of 
•Kiss Me Kate," the Cole Porter, 
musical version of "The Taming of 
the Shrew," but with the proviso 1 
that my investment in your show 
Is altogether contingent upon the 
tax decision which I hope will be 
forthcoming soon." 

There had also been a number 
of strenuous efforts by producers 
to get backing for their shows, to 
some cases by novel means. Lucille 
Lortel and Alfred H. Tamarin, for 
instance, held an audition a couple 
?* weeks ago of Sean Q'Casey's 
Red Roses for Me" at Miss Lor- 

Kl WWte Barn theatre, Westport, 
with Kim Hunter, George Hill, 
«arry Collum and other Broadway 
•Mors reading various parts. A 
tended* ° f prospective "ngels at- 

Claire Leonard, as agent for the 
author, has Invited prospective pro- 
„ uce f s and investors to a reading 

Abram Hill's adaptation of Leo 
,/S Power of Darkness" at 
Wed) studios ' N - Y - knight 





Bard's $4,500 Weekly Presentation 
Cost May Open Avenue for Legits 



Jfed Harris doing a new adapta- 

*^K f K S ^? ndber g' s "Tne Father," 
which he'll put into rehearsal late 
bus month, with Paul Lukas and 
Jr'' ,an pish as leads. Stager re- 
turned last week from the Coast 



Styne, Cahn in Berle 
. Parlay on B'way Show 

t , ~ Hollywood, Aug. 3. 

Jule Styne and Sammy Cahn 
have worked out an agreement for 
3 . ° ro ? dwa y musical this winter 
with Mdton Berle. Composer- 
lyncist pair are already working 
on the score and are looking for 
an author to do the book, for which. 
Berle has the idea. 

Besides supplying the songs for 
the current stage click, "High But- 
ton Shoes," Styne and Cahn have 
written the tunes and lyrics for 
several recent pictures, including 
Warners' "Two Guys from Texas." 
Berle won't appear in the pro- 
jected new edition of "The Zieg- 
feld Follies," for which the Shu- 
berts have been reported trying to 
sign him. 

AFM Dickers With 
N.Y. League Again 

Negotiations between the League 
of N. Y. Theatres and Local 802, 
American Federation of Musicians, 
started Monday (2), for a new con- 
tract covering Broadway legit. The 
union had previously declined to 
bargain with the League, pre- 
ferring to dicker with individual 
managers, but finally agreed to sit 
down with the producer organiza- 
tion again. The present two-year 
contract expires Sept: 1. 

Musicians have asked for a 15% 
increase, with a number of changed 
conditions covering contract and 
non-contract houses, the most im- 
portant of which would call for 
new employment quotas. Theatres 
of under 1,100-seat capacity would 
be required to increase the number 
of footers from 16 to 18, and 
houses of 1,100 or more capacity 
would be upped from 22 to 26 
men. It's estimated that the 15% 
pay increase would come to be- 
tween $11.50 to $20 per week per 
man. 

Union demands were given ver- 
bally, by Sam Suber, chairman of 
its theatre committee. It was 
stated, however, that the terms 
would be submitted in writing in 
a few days. Another meeting is 
set for next Monday (9). 

When an agreement with the 
musicians is concluded the League 
is slated to negotiate new contracts 
with the porters and cleaners and 
wardrobe attendants' unions, after 
which it will attempt to settle with 
the Assn. of Theatrical Agents & 
Managers on the Iatter's request 
for a wage boost under the existing 
contract. 

Next on the slate is an attempt 
to persuade Congress to cut the 
present 20% excise tax on theatre 
admissions. The League will send 
a delegation to Washington to at- 
tend committee hearings and urge 
a return to the old 10% levy. 



Woolley, Taking ft Easy, 
Rejects Olivier Bid; 
No Autumn Pacts Yet 

Saratoga, N. Y, Aug. 3. 

Monty Woolley, who will 
guest in "The Man Who Came to 
Dinner" at the Spa Summer thea- 
tre in his home town of Saratoga 
week of August 24, hasnt signed 
for any fall radio show or motion 
picture. He received an offer re- 
cently to appear in an English film 
With Laurence Olivier and Vivien 
Leigh, but rejected it because the 
shooting would require him to re- 
main abroad for four months. The 
schedule called for four weeks in 
Italy and 12 in England. Since he 
underwent two major operations in 
nearby Albany last year, Woolley 
has been taking things easier. 

The 60-year-old actor looks and 
feels well, although he is reported 
to have been ill briefly on a recent 
visit to MontreaL 



If it had done nothing else, the 
recent international theatre con- 
ference in Prague at least demon- 
strated that representatives from 
both sides of the iron curtain can 
work together without friction. 
Among the Soviet-dominated na- 
tions whose delegates worked amic- 
ably with those of the western 
countries were Poland, Czechoslo- 
vakia, Yugoslavia and Hungary. 
Russia wasn't represented. 

It was agreed in advance by the 
100 spokesmen of 20 nations par- 
ticipating in the confab that there , 
would be no political discussion of i 
any kind. The meetings were to 
be devoted entirely to theatrical 
matters and, despite some difficul- 
ties, that policy was maintained. 

The conference formally set up 
the International Theatre Institute 
as a permanent organization for 
the purpose of linking together the 
theatre and theatrical people 
throughout the world. Each coun- 
try is to participate through a na- 
tional theatre center. 
. Eight of the countries represent- 
ed already have such centers in 
the form of national theatres, and 
the others will presently have 
something of the same sort. It's 
hoped that the U. S. will also ulti- 
mately have some sort of agency 
that functions as a national center, 
but in the meanwhile the American 
I National Theatre & Academy will 
1 serve unofficially in that capacity. 

The ITI was established and will 
function under the United National 
Educational, Scientific & Cultural 
Organization. Its temporary inter- 
national headquarters are at 
UNESCO House, Paris, but it's to 
have its own quarters in 1949 and 
is aimed to become self-supporting 
within a year later. 

The plan is to have ITI arrange 
contacts between theatres and the- 
atre people in various countries 
and, where possible, bring about 
;the international exchange of plays, 
! theatrical groups and dramatic art- 
ists, authors, directors, etc. It al- 
ready has a number of such proj- 
ects on the fire. 

Day-by-day administration of the 
ITI is in the hands of Maurice 
Kurtz, executive-director, located 
in the Paris headquarters. Perma- 
nent policy control is determined 
by an executive committee, of 
which Armand Salacrou of France, 
is chairman, and including Erich 
iNikowitz, Austria; S. I. Heiung, 
| China; Llewellyn Rees, United 
[Kingdom; Richard Ordynski, Po- 
land; Emil Oprecht, Switzerland, 
(and Jindrich Honzl, Czechoslo- 
1 vakia. The publications committee 
comprises Oprecht, Kenneth Rae, 
United Kingdom; Rosamond Gild- 
er, U. S.; Rene Hainaut, Belgium, 
and Salacrou, ex-officio. 

V. S. Committee Set 

The committee for the formation 
of a U. S. center of the ITI is co- 
chairmanned by Clarence Derwent 
and Moss Hart, and includes Miss 
Gilder, C. R. Kase, Blevins Davis, 
Vera Allen, Sidney Fleisher, Ray- 
mond Massey, Kenriit Bloomgar- 
den, Samuel Selden, Richard Al- 
drich, Morton Baum, John Mason 
Brown, Warren Care, Barrett H. 
Clark, George Freedley, Harold 
Freedman, Lincoln Kirstein, Rich- 
ard Maney, Winston O'Keefe, Oli- 
ver Saylor, Gala Ebin and Edward 
Greer. 

Spokesmen for the V. S. at the 
recent conference in Prague were 
Warren Caro-of the Theatre Guild, 
and Rosamond Gilder and Clarence 
Derwent, representing ANTA. All 
were present as "observers" rather 
j than "delegates," according to in- 
' structions from the U. S. commit- 
i tee. Derwent planed back from 
[ the confab and has stnee gone to 
the Coast to play a guest engage- 
roent in "The Rivals," with Aline j 
MacMahon, at Leland Stanford: 
Univ. Caro and Miss Gilder re- 
turned last week by boat. 



♦ Experiment of sending out the 
Margaret Webster Shakespearean 
company on a school and college 
circuit . tour will be "watched with 
interest in the trade because of the 
various angles involved. One is the 
low expense of touring; another is 
the type of transportation and 
handling of scenery. A third is the 
new field for legit the tour may 
open up. This will mark the first 
time that a full professional com- 
pany will do Shakespeare in onc- 
nighters and longer stays in college 
towns and elsewhere. If it suc- 
ceeds, producers plan to add more 
of the Bard, eventually to have a 
living drama shelf to tie in with 
the curricula of high schools and 
colleges. / 

Under the name of Marweb Pro- 
ductions, Miss Webster as produ- 
cer-director is sending out a troupe 
to do "Hamlet" and "Macbeth." 
Carol Goodner, Henry Brandon and 
Alfred Ryder will head the casts, 
with a possibility that Miss Webster 
may act with the troupe occasion- 
ally. Tour was originally set for 
16 weeks, and has now been ex- 
tended to 27. College towns will 
take up about 80-85% of the tour, 
Ella Logan may go back into the with one-nights to four-perform- 



Road 'Annie's' Ingenue 
Lead to Dancer Walters 

Pittsburgh, Aug. 3. 

Mimi Walters, dancer, left here 
for Chicago right after close of 
summer opera production of "Hit 
the Deck," to rehearse with the 
touring company of "Annie Get 
Your Gun" for a few days before 
going into show. Her role will be 
the ingenue lead opposite Tommy 
Wonder, part originally played in 
No. 2 version of "Annie" by Biliie 
Worth, who recently stepped into 
the title part when Joan Edwards 
fell ill. Latter had supplanted 
Mary Martin. 

Miss Walters' last show was 
Follow the Girls" on Broadway, 
in which she. was also a replace- 
ment. 



Ella Logan likely 
For Road Tinian' 



femme lead of "Finian's Kainbow 
for the tour, with a preliminary 
week or so in the part before the 
E. T. Harburg-Burton Lane musical 
closes -at the 46th St., N. Y. 
Singer is being sought by producer 
Lee Sabinson as successor to Nan 
Wynn, who has decided not to con- 
tinue the part on the road. Miss 
Logan created the role when the 
show was first done on Broadway, 
but left the production after dif- 
ferences with Sabinson, principally 
over billing. 

Miss Wynn was reluctant to go 
on the road with "Finian," but in- 
dicated she would have done so if 
given featured billing and various 
concessions, such as a dresser to 
travel with the company and a 
dressing room onstage to facilitate 
her numerous costume changes. 

Pitt Alfresco Season 
Looming 100G in Red; 
Deck' Hits Only $33,000 

• Pittsburgh, Aug. 3. 

Disappointing summer opera 
season at Pitt Stadium continued 
on that key last week with the next- 
to-closing show of the year, "Hit 
the Deck," which got only around 
$33,000. Musical co-starred Gil 
Lamb and Maureen Cannon and 
was figured to do better than that 
because of the good weather break; 
for a change. Although the rains 
came shortly before curtain time 
Friday, they stopped shortly and 
performance went on, and on other 
nights conditions couldn't have 
been better. 

Understood that the series of 
nine operettas will wind up around 
$100,000, or close to it, in the red, 
for the third losing season in a 
row. Management doesn't expect 
to reduce that much with finale, 
"Babes in Toyland," even in view 
of nameless cast, since there hasnt 
been much of an advance sale for 
the Victor Herbert fantasy. 

GINGOLD GUILD BOW 
STYMIED FOR PRESENT 

Westport, Conn., Aug. 3. 
Hermione Gingoid, British come- 
dienne, who was to have been pre- 
sented in a revue in this country 
by the Theatre Guild this season, 
has nixed the venture, at least for 
the present. 

Revue was to have opened here 
at the Country Playhouse Aug. 30, 
with material selected from three 
successive revues "Sweet and 
Low,*" "Sweeter and Lower" and 
"Sweetest and Lowest," in which 
Miss Gingoid starred during the 
war years at the Ambassadeurs the- 
atre in London. Inability to secure 
a satisfactory male costar prompted 
Miss Gingold's decision. Miss Gin- 
gold wanted Henry Kendall, her 
London costar, but he has other 
commitments there. 



ancc stands in each. Edward 
Choate is general manager. 

Tour opens Sept. 26 in Buffalo 
for a full week, with local Board 
of Education cooperating. Similar 
school boards are involved in full- 
week stays in Toronto, Montreal, 
New Orleans and on the Coast. At 
present there's a layoff for Christ- 
mas, during which there's possi- 
bility of troupe playing in New 
York. 

Company Shares in Gross 

Sol Hurok and the National Con- 
cert & Artists Corp. are jointly 
booking the tour, with Hurok hold- 
ing the contract The company has 
a weekly guarantee from Hurok, 
but will also share in the gross if 
it goes above a certain figure, ac- 
tors' salaries rising along with man- 
agement's take. Average price of 
the attraction .is $1,700 per date 
(with price much less pro-rata, of 
course, by the week). 

Company of 27 (including crew) 
will travel in a specially built bus 
arid truck, and will average six 
dates a week. Cost of company, ad- 
ministration and transportation is 
set at $4,500 per week, broken 
down as follows: company, $3,600; 
administration, $300; bus transpor- 
tation, $500; truck transportation, 
$100. Marweb got various conces- 
sions from unions and even build- 
ers of truck, sound equipment and 
scenery, all of whom will get 
special program mention. Scenery, 
built by Wolfgang Roth, can be set 
in the open without any theatre, 
and consists of latest improve- 
ments, such as telescoped booms 
and scenery rolling up like blinds. 
General Truck Sales & Service, 
which built a special truck at re- 
duced price, introduced several in- 
novations! Costumes, for instance, 
will be hanged instead of packed, 
on specially designed racks. 



TO VIEW US HAMLET* 

Robert Porterfteld, operator of 
the Barter theatre, Abingdon, Va., 
is planning a Junket for New York 
newspaper men to visit the straw- 
hat the weekend of Aug. 27-29. 
Idea is to take a couple of dozen • 
drama editors, critics and column- 
ists to view the Barter production 
of "Hamlet," with Robert Breen in 
the title part, Leo Chalzell as the 
King and Jacqueline Logan as the 
Queen. 

Visitors would also he shown the 
local sights and attend various 
special entertainments devised by 
Porterfield. They'd leave New York 
by train late Friday (27). and start 
back Sunday night (29). Bill Doll, 
who does publicity for the Ameri- 
can National Theatre & Academy, 
of which Porterfield and Breen are 
board members, is arranging the 
trip. 



50 



UBGITIM ATB 



Scribes, Sheriffs Play Selves in Mpk 
Tront Page ; Pitt Barn Cops 'Money 



Wednesday, August 4, 1948 



Minneapolis, Aug. 3. 
Local newspaper people and city !„, ¥ TO 
officials will have the chance to St. LOO Playgoers PlCK 
portray make-believe stage char- 1 
acters in the same profession when I 
the Old Log, Equity strawhatter, 
presents "The Front Page" week 
of Aug. 10. They've been recruited 
for the drama for "realism" and to- 
determine if they can virtually 
play themselves. 

Gideon Seymour, Minneapolis 
Star executive editor, has been cast I were Carl Roess i er> pres tdent; Mrs. 
Sher^ L Heckma'n and Adolph 

county as the sheriff; John K a - ,,r 



Hizzoner as Chairman 

St. Louis, Aug. 3. 
Mayor Alois P. Kaufinann was 
elected chairman of the board of 
the Playgoers of St. Louis, a non- 
profit organization whose purpose 
is to bring the best legit attractions 
to town. Other officers elected 



Anglo U.S. || 

Continued from page 3 ,!1 



Sherman, Star drama and music 
critic, a hypochondriac reporter; 
Bob Murphy, Star film critic and 
feature writer, a reporter named 



Adolpl 

vice-presidents, and 
EHy Baack,- secretaiy. A seven- 
man exec committee also was 
elected. 

Group was organized several 



Murphy; and Sally Luther andi vears a «° under the guidance of 
Barbara Flanigan, Star feature | Paul Beisman, manager of the 
writers, as reporters. George Guise American theatre and Municipal 
and Bower Hawthorne, Star and Theatre Assn. 
Tribune city editors, respectively,! 
will be demoted to reporters in the 
play. 

All performances are a sellout 
• week in advance of the opening 



Inside Stuff-Legit 



and the offering's 
will be extended. 



run probably 



White Barn's 'Money' Break 

Pittsburgh, Aug. 3.. . 
White Barn theatre, local straw- 
hat in its first season at Irwin, Pa., 
about 20 miles from downtown, got 
a last-minute break for its sched- I 
ule when rights to "For ■ Love Or | 
Money" were suddenly released j 
after show had folded in Chicago. | 
- Play hadn't previously been avail- 1 
able since it was expected to be an 
entry next fall at the Nixon. 
, Although White Barn series har' 
already been set, management 
quickly skedded "For Love Or 
Money" week of Aug. 23, blacking 
out "Love From a Stranger." It's a 
break for the summer venture 
since it'll be the only compara- 
tively new attraction in the lineup, 
and only the third out of 10 shows 
that Pittsburgh hadnt previously 
seen in the past, the other two be- 
ing "Made in Heaven" and "Thea- 
tre." 

Looks like White Barn will come 
well out of the red in its first year 



ST. LOUIS HEAT FELLS 
XONNECTICUT'S' RYAN 

St. Louis, Aug. 3. 

Sue Ryan, comedienne in "A 
Connecticut Yankee," collapsed 
from the heat offstage during the 
first act Thursday (29) at the Muni- 
cipal Theatre Assn's alfresco per- 
formance in Forest Park, but re- 
covered to resume her role the 
following night. 

Nan Stratton, a member of sing- 
ing chorus, successfully subbed for 
Miss Ryan and was warmly re- 
ceived by the audience. 



Added Strawhats 



The following summer theatres, 
not previously listed; are operating 
this season. This brings the total 
number of strawhats to 216 so -far. 
MICHIGAN 
Battle Creek: Michigan Caravan 
players; Al LaGuire; touring coni- 
and looks 4 set to "be" a" permanent 1 pany. (Non-Equity). 

OHIO 

Kent: Kent college; Ohio River 
showboat; Harry, Wright. (Non- 
Equity). 

PENNSYLVANIA 
State College: Town & Nine 
players, Penn State college. (Non- 
Equity). 



institution. Monday night benefits 
. have been capacity, midweek is 
pretty good and weekend perform- 
ances turn 'em away regularly. 

Denver Stock Bullish 

. Denver, Aug. 3. 
With Chester Morris currently 
starring in "Small Miracle" and 
Gypsy Rose Lee signed to- play the 
lead in "Biography ' the next wauK, 
, interest in the Artists'. Repertory 
Theatre, putting on stock at Phipps 
Auditorium, has come 'to life. 
Gross is running better than $7,000 
weekly, and building. 

The stock is running with vis- 
iting stars and a resident company, 
and the venture may become a 
year-round run. Denver has been 
without winter stock for many 
years. ■ - 



Strawhat Jottings 



Green Hills Name Linenp 

Reading, Pa., Aug. 3. 
Manager George R. Snell, of 
Green Hills Lake summer theatre, 
is featuring radio and film people 

this season. Bela^Lugosi spent .a ; k f A g 6 t tfi Berkshil 

r a e T«,^ I Playhouse, Stockbridge, Mass 

I "The Gilded Cage," by Charles 
I Robinson Kenyon will be tested 



The tryout of the comedy; 
"Never Say Never," by Effie 
Young, has been moved up a week 
to Aug. 31 at the Cape theatre, 
Cape May, N. J ... "Chastity 
Street," dramatized by Bernard 
Evslin from the Henry James 
novel, "The Bostonians," will be 
tried out for two weeks starting 
Aug. 16, . at the Provincetown 
(Mass.) Playhouse . . . "The Happiest 
Years," by Thomas Coley and Wil- 
liam Roerick, v il be prcemed the 

moolr nf Alia 1 R at Ilia R.M-lr elli I * 



summer. Signe Hasso and Buddy 
Ebsen are coming this month. 

Rain and chilly weather hurt 
business at Green Hills in the first 
month of the season, but in the 
past several weeks an Increase was 
noted. Snell is planning to run two 
weeks into September. 



Barbara Brady's Bow 

Stockbridge, Mass., Aug. 3. 
Barbara Brady; daughter of Kath- 



the week of Aug. 23 at Bucks 
County Playhouse, New Hope, Pa. 

Geoffrey Lumb has been ap- 
pointed stage director oS the New- 
port (R. I.) Casino theatre for the 
balance of the season. He'll be in 
the cast of John Gassner's produc- 
tion of "The Comedy of Good and 
Evil" on Broadway in the fall . . . 
leffrey Lynn guestars the week of 



erine Alexander is appearing at| Aug , ]6 ln « John Lo ves Mary" at 

I h ^? eI & smre „ P ^y hous ^ nere in i the Chapel Playhouse, Guilford, 
"Little Woman" this week | Conn ; The new Re g ina id Den- 

Originally, mother and daughter | ham-Mary Orr play, "Twice Born," 



tacks and keep things from reach- 
ing the government level. 

Such a threshing out is badly 
needed now, observers feel, since 
relations between the two indus- 
tries have reached a perfect im- 
passe. On the one hand British 
product is getting an absolute min- 
imum of playing time in the U. S., 
badly hurting Rank and his fellow- 
producer, Sir Alexander . Korda, 
and indirectly stabbing British ef- 
forts to ir crease dollar credits in 
this country. 

Other Resistances 
On the other hand, the Ameri- 
can industry is rapidly being shut 
out of England. Under the new 
quota law, exhibs will have to re- 
serve 45% of their playing time 
after Oct. 1 for homegrown prod- 
uct. Worse than that, however. 
Rank is making efforts to person- 
ally push the quota to * 609b or 
higher on his own Odeon and Gau- 
mont-British circuits, the two most 
important in England. * 
In addition, the British are mak- 
ing it tough for Americans to pro- 
duce films in England in an effort 
to get Mocked currency out and 
are otherwise giving U. S. com- 
panies a difficult time on interpre- 
tations df permitted uses of this 
frozen money. Result is that the 
American firms won't get much 
more from England than the $17,- 
000,000 guaranteed under the An- 
glo-U. S. agreement of last March. 

American companies first thought 
of reimposing a general boycott on 
shipments of film to Britain. Then 
they considered a system of cen- 
tralized control of selling in Eng- 
land, which could be used to put 
in embargo on sales to Rank and 
perhaps force the situation. These 
schemes are now -dead, killed prin- 
cipally by inability of the*major 
U. S. companies to agree on their 
desirability. Result is a complete 
vacuum of ideas for meeting the 
situation and a gradually growing 
acceptance by top American execs 
of the inevitability of losing much 
of the British market. 

State Dept.'s Stalleroe 
Yank industry has asked the 
State Dept. to intervene on its be- 
half in getting the quota reduced. 
It has been well over a month now 
since the request was made and 
not a word has been heard on it, 
with the Department heavily occu- 
pied in the Berlin imbroglio with 
the Russians. Which makes it evi- 
dent that for the time being, at 
least, the American industry can- 
not expect to get anywhere on the 
government level. 

That makes it -all the more rea- 
sonable, it appears to observers, 
that Johnston and Rank call some 
sessions of their joint committee 
and try to iron out the difficulties 
around a table. As in diplomatic 
negotiations, it could hardly be ex- 
pected that the top boys them- 
selves would plunge right into the 
talks. Underlings could set the 
stage, get the agenda down to es- 
sentials and perhaps plot some sort 
of path to a reasonable peace. 

Final conference table talks, 
however, it is believed must be be- 
tween the kingpins themselves on 
both sides. That means not John- 
ston, as in the past, for the Ameri- 
can industry, nor reps for Rank 
and Korda, but other higher level 
executives, who can actually put 
into being whatever settlement is 
agreed upon. Situation has suffered 
in the past, it is thought, by too 
many long distance messages, and 
the conduct of business by subordi- 
nates- who hadn't the power to 
come back and put into effect at 
once the agreements at which they 
were trying to arrive. 



It's not generally known that the deal by which Anthony B. Farrell 
purchased the Warner theatre, N.Y., didn't include title to two parts 
of the property. Latter are the frontage on Broadway, on which the 
theatre entrance and boxoffice are located, and a slice of land in the 
rear, the site of the backstage dressing rooms, etc. Annual rental on 
the two extra plots is understood to be around $40,000 apiece. 

On the basis of a reported purchase price of $1,500,000, the interest 
on the investment, at 4%, would come to $60,000 a year. In addition, 
taxes are estimated at about $40,000 a year. Including the rental of 
the two added pieces of land, it's figured Farrell's annual investment 
for the title alone comes to somewhere around $160,000-$200,000 a year. 

Figuring on such items as heat, light, maintenance, theatre staff and 
regular backstage crew, it's estimated that Farrell would have to get 
between $12,000 and $15,000 a week to operate the house, 52 weeks a 
year. Any dark weeks would raise the weekly rate, of course. Under 
the circumstances, a show would have to gross a minimum of about 
$35,000 to cover the theatre's upkeep— and that on : a 52-week basis. 

Incidentally, Farrell last week signed Benjamin H. Segal, house 
manager of the Shubert, New Haven, to double in the same capacity 
at the Warner. It will be Segal's first such assignment on Broadway. 



Harry A. Huguenot, stage veteran who is observing his 41st year in 
the amusement field, gave his 8,000th performance before the footlights 
several days ago. Now appearing as "Dr. Bartell" in "Three's a Fam- 
ily," in the Mt. Gretna, Pa., summer playhouse, near Lebanon. "Hugue- 
not says the roll of Dr. Bartell is the 647th part he has played in his 
41 years on hte stage. 

. A.siagejr. as. well as. an. actor, Huguenot recalls that he sang- the Koko 
role in "The Mikado" for more than 500 nights. He never appeared in 
talking films, but played in the silents with Mary Pickt'ord, John Bunny, 
Flora Finch and others. 



Lawrence Langner, co-head of the Theatre Guild, was telling the 
N. Y. Daily News' John Chapman that it's his patent law practice which 
really underwrites the Langner standard of living, and the newspaper- 
man—in his Sunday column — observed, "I think I shall invent a hat- 
rack to fasten to the bottom of a theatre chair and see if I can sell it to 
Lee Shubert." Langner had urged Chapman to become an inventor 
and thus one of his patent law clients. 



Vivian Cherry, chorus dancer whose last Broadway appearance was 
in the revival of "Show Boat," has recovered from the knee injury 
that has kept her inactive since shortly after the show closed. She^s 
supported herself, meantime, by doing commercial photography. One 
of her picture-stories. covering children's reaction to a television show, 
is slated for publication shortly in This Week mag. 



were to play together, but Miss 
Alexander found it necessary some 
weeks ago to cancel her engage- 
ment. 



Buffalo Houses Boulevards 
Buffalo, Aug. 3. 

The Erlanger, which has been 
dark for several months with 
short interludes, is currently hous- 
ing the Boulevard Players' per- 
formance of "You Can't Take It 
With You." Strawhat organization, 
which failed to receive license for 
use of its barn theatre on Niagara 
Falls blvd., was taken into the Dip- 
son legiter for five performances 
on the cuff. 

House will resume regular per- 
formances with: premiere of Ten- 
nessee William's "Summer and 
Smoke'' Sept. 6, to be followed by 
Frank Fay in "Harvey". Sept. 13 
and Margaret Webster's new 
Shakespearean repertory in "Mac- 
beth" and "Hamlet" Sept. 27. 



will be tested the week of Aug. 9 at 
Guilford . . . Geraldine Fitzgerald 
and Alfred Drake co-star next 
week in "The Man With .a Load of 
Mischief," at North Shore Play 
house, Marblehead, Mass . . . "The 
Road from Mandalay," by Giles 
Playfair, will be preemed next 
Monday (9) at Lakewood theatre, 
Skowhegan, Me. . "Partition," top- 
ical drama by C. Hart Schaaf, will 
be .tested Aug. 12-14 at Forest- 
burgh summer theatre, Monticello, 
N. Y... Elaine Barrie plays the 
lead next week in "Ladies in Re- 
tirement," at the Ocean City (N. J.) 
Playhouse. . .Brooks Atkinson, N. Y. 
Times drama critic, viewed Earle 
Reynolds' original play, "I Weep 
for You," at the old Opera House 
in Yellow Springs, O., over the 
weekend. This is the fourth Reyn- 
olds play preemed by the Yellow 
Springs Area theatre. Atkinson 



Schary Urges 

Continued from page 4 



lie anything thp public would buy, 
and thjen arranged this regurtitated 
creative effort into new entertain- 
ment meals and fed it to the public 
once more. But the business was 
growing and nobody cared because 
the profits were coming in. And 
then came the lean years — the 
early and middle thirties— and with 
those years came a new concept, a 
new dedication, and a new drive. 
Depression Generation 
"The depression years brought 
a new young generation of writers 
to Hollywood. They floundered 
around in the quicksand built by 
writers before them. They came 
out with the same cynicism. But a 
world was beginning to stir with 



w^guest^a cocktail party* aUhe (social resttessness Other mediums 
Biltmore in Dayton Monday. I of information were becoming 



more sharply attuned to these signs 
of restlessness. A new .word called 
Fascism was stirring up world ten- 
sion. Communism was a force 
people were talking about. We be- 
gan to search for new definitions 
of democracy, and writers were be- 
coming just a bit more preoccupied 
with what they wanted to write 
about. 

"In this frame of mind the young 
writers began to look at the screen. 
In a desire to break down a wall 
between them, and the authority 
which had beerT created by slipshod 
writers before them, the writers 
began to think in terms of writing 
originals over which they would 
have some degree of control; they 
wanted to direct, they wanted to 
produce. They began to organize a 
Guild which would protect them 
on credits and do away with the 
absurdities of multiple credits. 
They began to search around for a 
dignity they felt entitled to. 

"They began to break down old 
concepts about writers. Because of 
their integrity they walked out on 
jobs, gave up contracts, fought for 
better scripts and a better attitude 
about picture-making, and they 
have begun to be heard. Most im- 
portant, they studied and mastered 
their technique; their technique of 
screen writing which, believe it oi 
'not, is a craft that is related to 
every other writing craft, but has 
a mind, a personality and a phy 
sique-of its own. 

"Now we come to the future. The 
future of Hollywood is directly 
concerned with the future of the 
world. There is a whole field open 
for the original motion picture 
writer. The man who will concern 
himself about writing good material 
for the screen. 

"Of course there are inhibitions 
in writing for the screen. It is 
quite true that one cannot deal with 
certain things that 'are taboo, but 
the things that are taboo are those 
things that cannot be palatable to 
a mass audience. But the fact that 
one cannot say a four-letter word 
on the screen does not mean that 
the screen cannot be mature. Good 
art is not necessarily the portrayal 
of ugliness. There are mature sub- 
jects beyond incest and adultery, 
and even these subjects if handled 
with tact and intelligence .and good 
taste can be discussed on the 
screen." 

Schary declared that war stories 
do not fail because they are war 
films, but because they are bad 
films, just as in other times he saw 
musical films become anathema at 
the boxoffice just because bad ones 
were being made. 

Hitting at certain Hollywood 
critics, Schary said: "I believe that 
anyone who has worked hard and 
long in Hollywood has a right to 
criticize it. I believe people who 
have made a contribution have a 
right to demand further reforms 
and changes in attitude and tech- 
nique; but the people who come out 



to take money and dine in the best 
restaurants and live in the periph- 
eral social life of Hollywood and 
then damn it, these people I have 
no patience with and they have no 
right to damn. The Hojlywood 
community — including the speaker 
— is a hard working community. 
And the film industry constantly is 
becoming tougher and more ex- 
amining. The writer, in it is going 
to have to work harder to be more 
successful. He is going to be forced 
to deliver for what he is paid, but- 
his opportunity to contribute is 
greater than it ever was, and he 
will have the opportunity on the 
screen to make a contribution to 
the kind of world he wants to live 
in." 




ASCAP-Leibell 

- Continued from pace 35 

want to know what might happen 
two or three years hence; that is, 
just as some important production 
might get into exhibition, just 
about that time, perhaps, might 
come some adverse ruling follow- 
ing ASCAP's appeal. The sync li- 
censees want indemnification from 
the Society, but since that runs 
into staggering sums this leaves 
ASCAP in an awkward position in- 
deed. , 

Writers' Rights 
The writers have suddenly loom- 
ed importantly because their by- 
laws provide that those rights can 
revert to them, under certain con- 
ditions. The film interests prefer 
to deal with "the copyright own- 
ers," which invariably are the 
music publishers. The LeibdH de- 
cision militates against this, to 
some extent. 

The publishers, meantime, have 
suddenly developed inflated ideas 
of values. ': The Warner Bros, 
group wants as much for the ex- 
hibition rights as the synchroniza- 
tion; i.e., if it's $20,000 to sync 
certain of their songs, another 20G 
should be paid for the exhibition 
rights, in View of the Judge Leibell 
decision kayoing the seat tax. On 
the other hand, Louis Bernstein 
(Shapiro-Bemstein) thinks 33% 
additional should be adequate for 
the seat tax. 

All" of this is part of the legal 
masterminding now going on with- 
in ASCAP, and which its new spe- 
cial counsel (see Robert W. Pat- 
terson story on P. 1) must help 
untangle. 

In turn, this is complicated by 
the picture companies which have 
their special interests to protect. 
Harry Fox,, who is trustee for the 
Music Publishers Protective Assn., 
and acts in other licensing deals, 
had proposed a • confirmatory li- 
cense, to follow the privilege 
granted to record and perform, but 
this is something to which some 
of the film interests have great 
objections. 



Wednesday, August 4, 1948 



UEISITiMATE 



51 



CM Grosses Slipping Somewhat; 

'Shoe' 37G, 'Annie' 26G, 'Mary' 9G 



Chicago, Aug. 3. 

Grosses were slightly off with the 
exception of "High Button Shoes." 
"Annie" slipped a little and "John 
Loves Mary" continued downward 
after months of excellent business. 
"Oklahoma!" opened yesterday (21 
with packed house at the Erlanger. 
"Shoes" looks set for top biz for 
many more months. 

Lineup for September makes the 
iall season look the strongest in 
years, with most of the number one 
Broadway hits forming Chi com- 
panies or coming in. "Mister Rob- 
erts" bows into the Erlanger, Sept. 
7: "Leading Lady," with Ruth Gor- 
don in her newest play, is due at 
the Selwyn, Sept. 13; "A Streetcar 
Named Desire" arrives at the Har- 
ris, Sept. 21. The Blackstone 

fhould be finished its remodeling 
y Sept. 13 to invite "Angel in the 
Wings" in. "Allegro" is likely for 
(he Shubert during September and 
"Winslow Boy" will also* come in 
as soon as a theatre is available. 
Estimates for Last Week 
"Annie Get Tour Gun," Shubert 
(4th wfc) (2,100; $4.94). Not quite as 

food as last week, but still sturdy 
26,000. 

"High Button Shoes," Great 
Northern (11th wk) (1,500; $6.18). 
It's still virtually a solid sellout; 
$37,000. . 

"John Loves Mary," Harris (25th 
wk) (1.00O; $3,71). Still on the 
downgrade. Weak $9,000. 

"Oklahoma!" Erlanger (1,334; 
$4.33). Opened yesterday (2) with 
sellout b.'o. 




Ken England huddles with 
Jerome Robbins today (Wed.) 
about the possibility of the latter 
staging the former's forthcoming 
musical, "Sweet Dreams," for 
which Vernon Duke and Ogden 
Nash are writing the songs and 
lyrics. Lou Levy, who'll co-pro- 
duce the show with Englund, is 
due back about Aug. 20 from Lon- 
don... The American Theatre So- 
ciety will present "The Heiress" 
as a subscription play in Chicago 
only. 

At the Tuesday night (27) per- 
formance of "The Play's the 
Thing," at the Booth, N. Y., Louis 
Calhern and Arthur Margetson 
played their third-act scene in 
Such a way as to keep Faye Emer- 
son almost continuously broken up, 
but not tipping the audience what 
they were doing... Max Gordon 
will open "Bravo," the- new George 
6. Kaufman-Edna Ferber play, Oct. 
20 in New Haven, with the Broad- 
way preem slated for Nov. 8 . . . Al- 
fred Fischer is reported planning 
a production of a new William 
Saroyan play called "Don't Go 
Away Mad". . .Gilbert Miller and 
Henry Sherek will present "Ed- 
ward, My Son," with Robert Mor- 
ley, Peggy Ashcroft and Ian Hun- 
ter, at the Martin Beck, N. Y., 
Sept. 30, after a New Haven 
breakin starting Sept. 22. 

Blevins Davis, not Joseph Ver- 
ner Reed, contributed the $2,500 to 
cover the expenses of Clarence 
Derwenf s trip to Prague to attend 
the recent UNESCO theatre con- 
ference . . .Jerry Carter, former 
Washington radio singer, has come 
to New York to try musical com- 
edy... The Stage Relief Fund re- 
ceived a total of $32,871 last sea- 
son from benefit performances of 
'Finian's Rainbow," "Annie Get 
Your Gun," "Bora Yesterday," 
'Harvey," "Command Decision," 
"The Heiress," "John Loves 
Mary," "All My Sons," "For Love 
or Money," "The Winslow Boy" 
.and "Man and Superman" ... Ira 
Gershwin is reported doing the 
words and Harry Warren the songs 
for a musical version of "Tovarich" 
...And the Theatre Guild has 
persuaded Dorothy and Herbert 
Fields to do the adaptation and 
lyrws and Burton Lane to compose 
JS* score of .a musical edition of 
The Pursuit of Happiness. 



'Sweethearts' $36,000; 
'Winslow' 10G, Frisco 

<.o S an Fr ancisco, August 3. 
Sweethearts," with Bobby Clark, 
s still hitting hard, having switched 
trom Wednesday matinees to Sun- 
day night performances. This Civic 
Light Opera production showed a 
tremendous $36,000 for its second 
week at the Curran (1,776; $4.20). 

"The Winslow Boy" shuttered 
Saturday (31) after a neat four 
weeks at the Geary (1,550; $3.60), 
and chalked up a pleasing $10,000 
for Its final stanza. 

Ethel Waters, with accompanist 
Fletcher Henderson, moves into the 
Geary for four performances, 
Thursday (5, 6, 7) plus Saturday 
matinee, in what has been titled 
"Cavalcade Of Hits," with a $3 top. 
On Aug. 9, "April Fool," with Otto 
Kruger and Katherine Alexander, 
moves into the Geary. 

Help Wanted on Cine 
To 'Help Wanted' Debut 
Behind Iron Curtain 

Pittsburgh, Aug. 
Playwright Alfred Golden, back 
to the old home town for a visit 
last week, would like to know 
what's going on behind the Iron 
Curtain, too, but for reasons quite 
apart from those the State Dept. 
in Washington is concerned about. 
It's a long story, and a puzzling one 
to Golden. 

Couple of years ago, the^author 
of "A Young Man's Fancy," in 
collaboration with Harry Thrusch- 
well, wrote a little domestic com- 
edy, with Howard Buerman, called 
"Help Wanted: Female." It made 
the usual managerial rounds but 
nothing happened, and Golden 
stored the script away in his trunk. 

Then out of the blue, some 
months ago, the author's agent got 
a. query from a producing outfit 
hi Hungary asking for an okay to 
put on "Help Wanted: Female." 
How the play ever got over there, 
playwright insists he'll never know, 
unless it was through some indi- 
vidual to whom a copy Had been 
submitted at one time or another 
for possible backing. At any rate, 
more out of curiosity than anything 
else, permission was cabled back, 
and since then a number of strange 
things have happened. 

"Help Wanted: Female" has been 
announced for production all over 
that part of the Balkans which is 
Soviet-controlled as well as in 
Argentina and Uruguay, both 
known to be considerably less than 
democratic countries. Golden can't 
understand why what he consid- 
ered a harmless domestic piece 
should find such favor in Commu- 
nist-dominated nations, and won- 
ders if perhaps the thing has been 
pointed in other directions through 
the translation. 

"Help Wanted: Female" has 
since been retitled "A Lovely Girl" 
and is currently being tried out by 
a friend. of the author's, Madge 
Skelly Foust, at her. summer thea- 
tre in Aspen, Col. 

Golden stopped off in Pitts- 
burgh, where he used to teach 
drama at Duquesne University and 
write plays on the side, on his way 
back to New York, his present 
home, en route back from a 
month's visit to Hollywood. He had 
gone there to try and arrange a 
screen sale for "Young Mans 
Fancy" and says deal is all but 
set at a major studio. In addition 
to polishing "A Lovely Girl" with 
Buerman, a collaborator m Mis- 



'WIDOW' NOT SO MERRY 
21G IN 7 IN INDPLS. 

Indianapolis, Aug. 3. 
"Merry Widow," with Charles 
Purcell, Victoria Sherry, Dennis 
Carroll, Phyllis Wilcox and Mar- 
guerite De Anguerra in leads, 
grossed only $21,000 in seven per- 
formances at Butler Bowl here 
July 25-31. The Alonzo Price pro- 
duction was plagued by threaten- 
ing weather all week. Price put on 
grease paint to play Baron Popoff 
himself. 

Fourth week of Bowl series will 
be highlighted by production of 
"Carmen" Aug. 4 and 8 with Re- 
gina Resnik, Brian Sullivan, 
Claudia Pinza and others under di- 
rection of Fabien Sevitzky. Cur- 
rent week's bill also includes two 
concerts by Sevitzky and a sym- 
phony orchestra, with Patrice Mun- 
sel as soloist Sunday (1) and stars 
of "Carmen" Friday (6). • 

fag«a'49G,LA.; 
'Carousel' $32,500 

Los Angeles, Aug. 3. 
The town went musical-happy 
last week. Three of the seven at- 
tractions offered were in the music 
category. Two others were revues 
and the remaining duo were farce 
comedies. 

Biggest business in town was at 
the Philharmonic where "Magda- 
lena" opened to a hit $49,000 busi- 
ness. Figure was $2,000 under the 
opening week for "Annie Get Your 
Gun" at the same house and same 
scale. "Carousel" bowed in across 
the street with a juicy $32,500 

Sole opening this week was 
"Anything Goes," which bowed at 
the Greek theatre last night (2), as 
the third offering of the summer 
operetta season. 

Estimates for Last Week 
"Blackouts of 1948." El Capitan 
(319th wk) (1,142; 2.40). $17,000 
again. 

"Carousel," Biltmore (1st wk) 
(1,636; $4.20). Smash $32,500 
opening, especially in light of com- 
petition from world premiere of 
"Magdalena" across the street. 

"Cupid Thumbs His Nose," Cor- 
onet (2d wk) (255; $3). First full 
week disappointing. So-so $2,650. 

"Lend an Ear," Las Palmas (7th 
wk) (388; $3). Another SRO $6,- 
300. 

"Magdalena," Philharmonic Aud 
(1st wk) (2,670; $4.80). Good $49,- 
000 on first of three subscription 

weeks. 

"Separate Rooms," New Beaux 

Arts (11th wk) (560; $3). $4,000. 

"The Vagabond King," Greek 
theatre (2d wk) (4,419; $3.60). 
Picked up to $39,000 for second 
frame to finale with $73,000. 



Broadway Grosses Continue to Sag 
But Pickup Due This Week; 'USA' 
38G, Ice' 51G in 9; 'Annie' 22G, Stays 



♦ The anticipated arrival of vaca- 
tioning tourists still hasn't oc- 
curred, and Broadway grosses have 
continued to sag. As a result, sev- 
eral shows that might have held on 
have had to fold, and others may 
follow unless the upturn material- 
izes soon. Some improvement is 
expected this week, with gradual 



'Student' Stout 25G 

In Six at Louisville 

Louisville, Aug. 3. 
"Student Prince," a local favor- 
ite, proved a winner at Iroquois 



day (31). Gross of $25,000 is 
to date. Six performances were 
unmarred by rain, and what few 
showers that did fall came in the 
afternoons. 

Singing cast headed by Robert 
Shafer, Edith Fellows and Alex- 
ander Gray, made a solid impres- 
sion with patrons, as did a strong 
supporting cast, which included 
Doris Patston, Detmar Poppin, 
Betty Ann Busch, A. J. Herbert, 
Dorothy Jay, Clifton Hughes, Jes- 
sie Cimberg and John Hogue. 

"Floradora," with" a cast headed 
by Arthur Treacher and Helene 
Arthur, Jack Goode and Dick 
Smart featured, is current. 



'OKLAJ' $39,200 IN D.C.; 
NATIONAL SHUTTERS 

. Washington, Aug. 3. 

With the final curtain of "Okla- 
homa!" Saturday (31), the National 
theatre closed for legit shows, to 
reopen the middle of September as 
a picture house. Washington's 
only legit house closing leaves the 
capital with films only. 

The final week of "Oklahoma!", 
with the New York company, 
grossed $39,200 with a Sunday 
night performance included. 

•Okla* $31,300, Seattle 

Seattle, Aug. 3. 

Touring company of the Rodgers- 
Hammerstein musical, "Oklahoma!" 
racked up a nifty gross of $31,300 
at the Metropolitan here last week. 

It was presented by the Theatre 
Guild, but not on subscription. 



Current Road Shows 



(Aug. 2-14) 
"Annie Get Your Gun" 

bert, Chi. (2-14). 

^ouri 'he "has never met, by the way, | "April Fool" — Lobero, Santa 
?,?h„r ^another script, "Collec- ; Barbara (5-7); Geary, Frisco (9-14). 
?o U r's° Item> a "rcXbor P ation .with | "Blackouts of 1NR-K Capitan, 
Lillian Day, who wrote ^ lae , V Carouse j» _ Biltmore, L. A. 

(2-14K „„ >r .. 

"Hish Button Shoes"— Gt. Norlh- 

Chi. (2-14). 



Lillian fay, wuo 
Youngest Profession," for a Broad- 
way production in the fall. 



Shu- 



Olsen and Johnson are reported T A U» a J IT„ Mf h\ "'"John Loves Mary''— Harris, Chi. 

Planning to hiring another of their (#62017 10 iieaO Up 1HV« » ,0.14" 

bpobyhatch revues to Broadway in £ 1 .1* 1 l\ t "Magdalena"— Aud., L. A. (2-14;. 

r^ faU / Eugene O'Neill between ReSlilHeO tOnCert VCDl. "Oklahoma!" - Erlanger, Chi. 
revisits , to his old haunts on the " w ■ . „„ io.u) 

• Cape and motor trips through New Music Corp. of America is re- "ouahoma!" _ Metropolitan, 
England, signed into a Boston hos- S uming its concert department. ^ (2 _ 7) .. stran d, Vancouver 
Pital recently for a checkup on the 1 m y office has assigned longhair ! (g l .. 

*™ he fractured last winter. He's j t j, pe bookings to Paul Gregory- 1 . ipr - vatc Liv es" — Metropolitan, 

• a n^flr maii 5 g t sl ^ w **°Sress ° n MCA , unt U two years ago, had a Seattle (2G . 3 i). C t,„wt 
writ?™ ? Iay ' dictates * and re- 1 ' rt divis ion which was started; « SuJ1 down Beach" — Shubert, 

• Phi!^ g n from th t rough transcript. i ( b °, narry Squires. Paul O'Boyle . Bost (2 -7). 
vauip 1 Barry, whose adaptation of by n<UTy ^ - 
jS*? ; Paul Aumont's "The Emperor 

' ?5„9 hhla " is also on the Guild s 



place. 

Closings Saturday (31) were 
"Brigadoon," at the ZiegfeM, and 
"Strange Bedfellows," at the Mor- 
osco, with "The Play's the Thing" 
going dark at the Booth, but slated- 
to resume Aug, 23. There are 14 
shows on the current list, including 
seven musicals and seven straight 
plays. 

Estimates for Last Week 

Keys: C (.Comedy), D (Drama) , 
CD (Comedy-Drama), R (Revue), 
M (Musical), O (Operetta). 

"Angel in the Winxs," Coronet 
(34th wk) (R-998; $4.80). Two-for- 
ones are credited with the pace 
here; $16,000 last week 

"Annie Get Your Gun,'' Imperial 
(116th wk) (M-1,472; $6.60). Up a 
bit to $22,000; longrun musical has 
... cut salaries and is holding on until 
Fw* If S Vttlt In 1444t Kthel Merman's return Aug. 16, 
JiJO U.vJ. ion. Ill 17*9. af ter wn i c h cuts will be. restored. 

"Born Yesterday," Lyceum (130th 
wk) (C-993; $4.80). Getting by with 
a steady profit with two-for-rone 
hypo; about $12,200 again last 
week; road company headed .by 
Lon Chaney and Jean Parker to 
tour starting Sept. 23. in Wilming- 
ton. 

"Brieadoon." Ziegfeld (73d wk) 
(M-1,628; $4.80). Critics' 'Circle 
prize musical closed Saturday (31) 
after 580 performances, but opens 
a tour Sept. 6 in Philadelphia; $20,- 
000 for the finale week 

"Command Decision," Fulton 
(33d wk) (D-9C8; $4.80). Eased, to 
$11,500, but has an operating mar- 
gin and is scheduled to continue 
until Sept. 11. 

"Finian's Rainbow," 46th Street 
(81st wk) (M-1,319; $0). Business 
slipped a bit for this longrun tune 
show, $18,000; closing is announced 
for Oct 2, after 723 performances; . 
slated to open tour Oct. 4 in Boston. 

"Harvey," 48th St. (197th wk) 
(C-902; $4.80). Mary Chase comedy 
hopped to nice $9,500 and contin- 
uing indefinitely. Frank Fay com- 
pany resumes its tour in Boston in 
the fall, and Joe E. Brown may 
again head a third troupe. 

"High Button Shoes," Shubert 
(33d wk) (M-1,387; $6). Click pe- 
riod musical got about $34,000 
again. 

"Howdy, Mr. Ice," Center, (6th 
wk) (B-2,964; $2.88). Skating revue 
again a draw .with out-of-towners; 
$51,000 in nine times. 

"Inside U. S. A,," Century (13th 
wk) (R-1,670; $6). Arthur Schwartz 
musical is earning about $5,000 
operating net weekly for producers 
at its current pace; $38,000 last 
week. 

"Make Mine Manhattan," Broad- 
hurst (29th wk) (R-1,160; $6). In- 
timate revue is getting by, though 
it eased a bit last week to $21,700. 

"Mister Roberts," Alvin (24th 
wk) (CD-1,357; $4.80). Always a 
sellout, with standees at every per- 
formance; $34,500 again. 

"Strange Bedfellews," Morosco 
(29th wk) (C-935; $2.40). Finally 
called it quits after using "twofers" 
for some weeks and' halving 
the top. Closed Saturday (31) after 
229 performances; opens tour Sept. 
13 in Chicago; $6,000 last week. 

"Streetcar Named Desire," Bar- 
rymore (35th wk) (D-1,064; $4.20). 
The other steady sellout; $27,300 
again last week ' " 

"The Heiress," Biltmore (44th 
wk) (D-920; $4.80). Attendance 
tilted a bit to $9,600; management 
hoping to keep the drama open un- 
til the skedded tour, starting Sept. 

"The Play's the Thine," Booth 
(14th wk) (CD-712; $4.80). Revival 
j pulled $4,800 for four perform- 

than his original planned Sept. .21 j SR, JjJ ^jSESti Cet 
date. He's been working on revi- tral Citv Pol ^ntf»A £ 
sions of his dramatic poem, "Tower ! Aug. 23 3ted t0 reSUme 

Beyond Tragedy," his setting of j "The Respectful Prostitute" and 
the Clytemnestra-Elektra story, "The nappy Jonmey " Cort (20th 
which Guthrie McClintic would i wk) (C-1,064; $4.20) ' Climbed a 
like to stage, this or next season. I few notches to $10 000 and con- 
"Tower" has been done on the [tinu--: Meg Munday may quit the 
Coast by a university group in dra- I femnn lead to take another show, 
matic reading as a poem, but ■ not 
in new revised form as a play. It's 
reported that Judith Anderson I 



pes ILS. Visit In 1949! 
Smith On Scot Looksee 

Carleton Smith, director of the 
National Arts' Foundation, is sail- 
ing Friday (6) for England, to con- 
sult with the Arts Council of Great 
Britain and with John Christie, 
founder-owner of the Glynde- 
bourne Festival, on a project to 
bring the Glyndebourne opera com- 
pany to America next year. It's re- 
ported that the Rockefellers want 
the group for a special celebration 
'at Williamsburg, Va. But Christie is 
reported set on having his operas 
done at the McCarter theatre, un- 
der Princeton University auspices, 
with plan for two Mozart operas to 
be" done for three weeks in Octo- 
ber, 1949, at the Jersey college 
spot. Out-of-way location doesn't 
faze Christie; who thinks N. Y. and 
Philadelphia will supply the main 
audience. 

Smith will attend the Edinburgh 
Festival, then fly to Finland to 
visit Sibelius. He'll also visit Ber- 
lin, Leningrad and Moscow. 

'YANKEE' 47€ IN ST. LOO; 
'SUNNY'S' BRIGHT START 

St. Louis, Aug. 3. 

"Sunny," Jerome Kern's musical, 
presented in the Municipal Thea- 
tre Assn.'s alfresco playhouse in 
Forest Park in 1935 and 1943, has 
been revived for, the current and 
ninth offering of the season. With 
clear skies and summer resort tem- 
perature on tap, the piece teed off 
a seven-night run last night (Mon.) 
before a crowd cS 10,000. Esti- 
mated gross was $4,000. Laurel 
Hurley, Hal Leroy (returning after 
an absence of 13 years). Mavis 
Mims, Gale Sherwood, Pittman 
Corry, Edwin Steffe, Patricia Bow- 
man and Rudy Kroeller took leads. 

The Rodgers-Hart musical com- 
edy, "A Connecticut Yankee," 
wound up its one week stand Sun- 
day (1). The piece was beset by 
bad weather but won the nod from 
the crix and attracted 70,000 pay- 
ees for a gross of approximately 
$47,000. 

Cornell, Anderson Eye 
Jeffers* New Tower' 

Robinson Jeffers, who is touring 

the Hebrides with his wife, may 
cut short his vacation because of 
illness, and return home sooner 



'Sundown' W/ 2 G, Hub 



(about to tour in Jeffers' "Medea") 



Boston, Aug. 3. 



foil t ; » " Jau u " ule uruiia s 

*au Ust, is working on still another 
«npt a t his place on Long Island 



took over after Squires resigned, J "Winslow Boy"-Aud-. San Diego 
and : witfc f OTBoyle's resignation,. any (2); Fox, Santa Barbara (3), Aud., 
tongbair bookings /were taken care | Pasadena 
oi by the one-nigjit dept. 



(41; Aud., Oakland 
J AudT ^Sacramento. 47). 



would like to appear in the play U ]fi £T fnr" i*? 6 !**!' di(3 , » neat 
in the fall of 1949, Katharine Cor- :l„X rt &St Week at the 

nell is also reported interested in : pi a v was hon\tt>A in v,™, 
jit the' play having leads for both j sock US? at i fe d £a&f mS£ 
actresses,,, , . ,„ . „, , Ihead strawhatter., „, y , arWe ^ 



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P&RIETY 



Wednesday, August 4, 1948 



Strawhat Renews 



Perfect Pitelt 

Westport, Conn., Aug. 2. 

John C. Wilson production of comedy bv 
Sum and Bella Spewuck. Stars Roland 
Yountt; features Buddy Jfibsch. Directed 
by Martin Munulia. Setting and' lighting 
by Kdward T, Cooper. 

Henry Saville ..Philip Coolidge 

Mi Martin .Kolund Youns 

Wong t Peter I.opouliln 

Sacha Rostov .Daniel Ocko 

Joo Peters Buddv Ebaen 

Sarah Pelera ...Joyce Arllnj? 

Joel Peters..; Jonathan Marlowe 

Chauffeur : Harold Stone 



The Spewacks get into the con- 
cert business in "Perfect Pitch," 
their first stage play in a number 
of seasons, which John C. Wilson 
is tuning up for, a Broadway show- 
ing. They have been to Steinway 
Hall, all right, but they keep a suc- 
cession of their best characters 
offstage in "Perfect Pitch" and by 
such dramatic economy turn up 
with a comedy of anthem propor- 
tions when it should be a bacchanal. 

There is a devastating portrait 
of the trying parents of a child 
prodigy, and the appearance of a 
legendary hypochondriac pianist. 
There are the flamboyant and un- 
predictable impresario, and his 
.long-suffering but resourceful 
pressagent. And there is the child- 
wonder himself. But since the 
Spewacks are all for exploring the 
frantic activities that go on in 57th 
street, they should also trot out 
that unbeautiful lady cellist, the 
faded tenor, the distracted music 
chairwoman and the shrill man- 
ager of Hollywood Bowl that they 
now present only on the telephone. 

Roland Young, classy and ever 
so roguish, is strangely and inap- 
propriately cast as the frantic im- 
presario, and is not fleet enough to 
compete with top figures in one of 
show businesses most energetic 
branches. 

Best effort -in this initial tryout 
is Buddy Ebsen as the hoked-up 
parent. It's a fine legitimate per- 
formance from the ex-hoofer, 
pretty frightening out front per- 
haps, but not unfamiliar in the 
grizzly greenrooms of the concert 
halls. Joyce Arling is a, little try- 
ing as his dumb wife, but the au- 
thors will probably fix up that part. 

Jonathan Marlowe is okay as the 
wunderkind, while Daniel Ocko 
gives a minor performance as the 
hypo pianist, a part that obviously 
yearns for fortissimo playing. 
Philip Coolidge does not have 
enough to do as the harassed, 
agent, but Peter Lopouchin, look- 



thusiasm. A veritable shout of ap- 
proval followed Joan Lorring's 
pungent last line, touching off nine 
curtain calls. 

House was three-quarters full, 
mostly women in sleeveless cot- 
tons. Bathroom sallies kept them 
snickering. They like It, although 
some had their doubts about Miss 
Lorring, and thought she overacted 
a bit. They labeled Larry Parks 
cute — and he really was. He fits the 
part of the husband who has liber- 
alism thrust upon him. 

Cameron Mitchell has a tough 
assignment. It's hard for an amor- 
ous stage colonel to win friends, 
but he does it. Maurice Manson 
tops the supporting performers as 
the Lunkhead father-in-law whose 
formula expounds the four stages 
of women. 

Show is excellent theatre, well- 
paced and funny, ably • cast and 
directed here. Meara. 



C'ain's-Meep 

Abingdon, Va., Aug. 2. 

Robert PorleiTield production of drama 
in then''' acts (nine scenes!, wkli prolog 
and epilog, by Montgomery Itara. Staged 
by tlio author. Settings. J. I). r'ltz-Hudi; 
light ing, Wallace ]}nee. Ai Barter theatre. 



Abingdon, Va., Aug, *J. 

Erg., 

Darla 

Mr. t'outcs 

Francis Coates 

Mrs. Coates. 

Bella Behn. N,... 

Mr. F.ehn 

The Pole 

Mr. Soames 

Mrs. Sonm* » 

Sammy Koames. 

Gloria Soames 

••Birdy" 'Ketcham 

Mr, Ketcham 

.lulian Lash 

Mary May hello 

"Doc" DeVeau 

Mr. Larkin 

Mrs. Larkln 

'fhe Caller 



•48. 

. , ..Tames Andrews 
..Kllxaboth Wilson 

I'retl Warrmer 

Hay Boyle 

Virginia Baiter 

..Josephine Parker 

James Reese 

. . .Krnest Korgnine 
.VadUell Burroughs 

Joan Sullivan 

SleH Turner 

Betty Manly 

Gerry Jedd 

...II. Halle fhiice 

James Garner 

Joyce savage 

Frank Stevens 

, . .Gordon Soinmers 

Virginia Ma tils 

Arthur Parker 



This modern morality play remi- 
niscent of Eugene O'Neill borrows 
some of Greek art forms including 
chorus prolog and epilog. It deals 
with a well-educated family living 
in comfort on a prosperous farm 
as Adam and Eve lived in Paradise'. 
With characters of Biblical origin 
beset by same temptations, play 
is a parable of the evil that has 
always led to the downfall of man. 

Its symbolism and study of 
changes of character are often con- 
fusing, with characters changing 
and taking on aspects of Biblical 
persons. Each player is cleverly 
assigned to certain colored cos- 
tumes to aid in grasping the syrn- 

^^la'^i^S^^^\)^ g v T%Z ana Aoefthe 
fugitive from the Platoff Don Cos- ^./fc^HSdSrtSLrS 
sack Chorus, makes much of the 



role of the impresario's oversized 
houseman. 

Incidentally Edward T. Copper 
has prepared, here at Westport, a 
nifty setting that could be moved 
into New York: it is up to Wilson's 
high standard. As for the play, 
the Spewacks' first blast of their 
pitchpipe is a slender but well- 
focused tone. Many additional 
workouts are called for, steady 
practice, and a little more prodigal- 
ity in design. Then the Spewacks 
may hit their comedy pitch. 

Doul: 



A Free lland 

Princeton, N. J., Aug. 2. 

Harold J. Kennedy and Herbert Kenwlth 
production of comedy in three acts by Mel- 
vin Feixnlt and Norman Panama, stars 
Larry Parks, Joan l.oning and Cameron 
Mitchell. Directed .by J.oren Gage. Set- 
tings by Don Gilham. Opened at McC'ar- 
ter, Princeton, Aug. 2. "4S; *3 top. 

Delivery boy •..Frank Maxwell 

Mrs. Hoyt Virginia McCarter 

•Jim Stakes...' ..Alexander Campbell 

Julio Murdoch. J'«n Lorring 

Jeffrey Murdoch Larry Parks 

J. B. Murdoch, Sr. Albert Bergh 

Mr. Prltc.hard Thomas Potter 

Malt Taylor.... .....Maurice Manson 

Bliy May- Taylor Patricia Quimi O'Hara 

Col. Ben Sutherland. Cameron Mitchell 

Bishop .Ilarkness. . .V. Robert McManus 

The new Melvin Frank-Norman 
Panama comedy, "A Free Hand," 
made its Princeton bow in McCar- 
ter theatre Monday (2) night a 
riotously successful, one. In the 
college town for a week's run, the 
show's auguries are bright if they 
continue the first night's promise. 
Oppressive heat in the playhouse 
didn't blanket the audience's enT 



play has deep moral undertones in 
its theme of conservation. Since 
the soil is inanimate, it's given 
voice through a chorus of masked 
cattle.' 

Although author's intentions 
aren't always too clear, the absorb- 
ing poetry commands attention. 
Fred Warriner, as master of Cain's- 
Keep, carries on in fine tradition 
established earlier this season and 
is effectively domineering as the 
masterful father. James Andrews 
puts much character into his role 
as Coates, the vengeance seeking 
son. Josephine Parker is beautiful 
and designing as the wealthy girl 
and Elizabeth Wilson winning as 
the servant girl. The dreamer is 
ably played by Ray Boyle. Unit 
setting is easily converted to 
scenes in barn, rich girl's dressing 
room and farmhouse. Play was 
written by resident playwright AI 
Barter with players' abilities in 
mind, so show is cooperative work 
of company. ' Barn. 



locate the third act of a play that 
had its premiere here. The act 
apparently got lost some place be- 
tween the original Guy de Maupas- 
sant story, "The Legacy," from 
which it was taken, and. its emer- 
gence as a play titled "Madame Is 
Served." If the party has any luck 
in its mission, they may develop 
the total handiwork into a fairly 
interesting production. 

After an amusing stretch of pre- 
liminary effort, the last portion of 
this comedy disintegrates so mark- 
edly that abruptness of its finale 
washes out much of the value that 
had preceded it. 

Story is a simple pne, but it af- 
fords excellent opportunity ror 
some first-rate characterizations. 
This opportunity is only partially 
realized due to a combination of 
stock players in a curtailed prepar- 
atory period. Theme concerns a 
wealthy pinchpenny spinster, of 
Paris in the last dentury, whose 
niece is anticipating inheriting the 
old maid's fortune. 

Latter, however, wants to see 
some progeny around the premises 
so she tries to drive the niece and 
! her husband into production. Be- 
I fore a decision is reached, the spin- 
ster dies through an accident and 
the reading of her will points out 
that her fortune is to go to charity 
unless the young people have off- 
spring, or indications thereof, with- 
in a year. 

An attempt by the pair to pro- 
duce such offspring brings out the 
fact that the husband is "ineffici- 
ent" in that department and it 
looks like they're going to lose the 
legacy. A colleague of the husband 
comes into the picture during" a 
period when the latter is undergo- 
ing a revitalizing campaign and 
eventually evidence of a forthcom- 
ing family addition comes through' 
just in time to get the legacy-seek- 
ers under the wire. Third act con- 
fusion never clarifies whether the 
husband or the friend is respon- 
sible for the turn of events, but a 
title paraphrase, "Madame Is 
Serviced," indicates such a possi- 
bility. . 

Jabez Gray is featured as an in- 
dolent brother of the spinster who 
is just waiting around for her to 
die so that his daughter can get 
the inheritance. He's good in the 
role. Also good in a brief char- 
acterization is Anna Syarse, youth- 
ful player who does the ancient 
spinster. William Robertson, the 
husband; Gloria Willis, the wife, 
and Bruce Carlisle the- colleague, 
make an okay triangle. Lesser 
roles are handled by Edmond Le 
Comte, a doctor, and Lew Casale, 
a notary. 

Staging is in keeping with the 
Paris 19th century atmosphere and 
a similar spirit has been caught in 
the single parlor-dining room set 
which acquires an unusual effect 
through an offstage slant. Bone. 



isn't enough byplay as they go into 
judicial huddles. 

Much play-doctoring seems to be 
indicated, since life fabulous non- 
sense has too many naive spots 
and not enough side-business to be 
consistently funny. Musical score 
is its best asset, but songs are not 
always spotted accurately. Lead 
roles have juicy potentialities and 
are well played here. William 
Boehm, as prince with a strong 
baritone, clicks with "Love Has 
Found Him" and "What Makes the 
World So. Glorious" in duet with 
Renee Orkin. Latter has flashy 
role as erratic princess but needs 
a song hit of her own. 

Best comedy bits are done by 
Henderson Forsythe, prime minis- 
ter of China, who ribs everybody, 
including author, with dry humor, 
and Louis Camuti, as chief eunuch, 
in some rather racy innuendo. Au- 
thor intends to rename show "Re- 
luctant Virgin" if and when it 
reaches Broadway. Pull. 



Two Dossra Red MtoM»« 

Lake Hopatcong, N. J., Aug. 1. 

Dean Goodman presentation of comedy in 
three acts (one set) by Aldo de Bem'ilctti. 
Adapted from Italian by Ernestine Pei-rie, 
Charles Guff, Morton Sarelt. stars Wil- 
liam Prince: features Helen Marcv, Bert 
Thorn. Staged by Miss Perrie. Set, Bev- 
erly Hume and Clifford Stanton. At Lake- 
side Summer Theatre. July 27, '4H; fl.80 
top. '.' •.. '. 

Kmmet Diexel Bert Thorn 

Marilyn Vnllin Helen Marcy 

Ted Valllri William Prince 

IXellie ..Vivian Purceil 

.Messenger ;Juck Carron 



Madame Is Served 

New Milford, Conn., July 31. 

Louis Townsend production of comedy in 
three act* (four scenes) by Joe. Grenze- 
haek. Features Jabex Gray. Directed by 
Fred Stewart; set. John Status, Opened at 
Theatre-in-the-Dale, New Milford, Conn., 
July as, •Hi; *itu top. 

Cesar Hoissler ..Jabez Gray 

Charlotte ■■' Boissfer Anna Syarse 

Jean Ferret. William Robertson 

Marie Pernit Gloria Willis 

iOdoitai'd Savon Bruce Carlisle 

'Hnucne"" Hdnunid Le Comtc 

Pltolet Lew Casale 



Reluctant Lady 

Cleveland, July 27. 

Oaln Park .Civic Summer Amphitheater 
production of musical comedy in two acts 
(six scenes) by Maurlae Valency. At, Cain 
Park. Cleveland, July 20, '48. ■ 



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Considering that tuneshows with 
fantastic backgrounds are the 
vogue these escapist days, the 
"Mikado"-like flavor of this mu- 
sical comedy and its satirical treat- 
ment by Maurice Valency are two 
commercial points in its favor. 

Show ran haltingly and over- 
long" (nearly three-and-a-half 
hours) at tryout, which was at- 
tended by Canada Lee, actor-pro- 
ducer who has an option to 
produce- it in New York. A pre- 
dominately amateur cast can't 
quite put across the tone of gay 
mockery demanded, since this 
travesty on poor-prince-meets- 
rich-princess extravaganzas has to 
be played on a brisk Gilbert and 
Sullivan vein to be persuasive. 

Yet the Cain Park strawhat pro- 
duction, directed by Alan Schnei- 
der from New York Theatre, Inc., 
brings out its more colorful phases 
in illustrating its possibilities. 
Chinese costumes are as pic- 
turesque as the rather pretentious 
Pekin settings. Besides having 
many fanciful ironic contrasts, ac- 
tion is bolstered by about two 
dozen original tunes by Albert 
Hague, New York composer. About 
six of the songs, sung admirably 
by two professional singers in 
leads, have a real contagious lilt 
and slickness that pulls show over 
the rough spots. 

Valency, a professor at Colum- 
bia Univ., knows how to write 
pungent, witty, dialog at times. He 
gets off some amusing cracks at 
politics, quiz games, warmongers 
and the backwardness of China in 
his fable about a man-hating Chi- 
nese princess who tries to stave 
off marriage by requiring all suit- 
ors to solve three riddles she pro- 
pounds. 

Some of it resembles a mad 
Marx Bros, musical, especially 
broad buffoonery of four politicians 
plotting against two- lovers to agi- 
tate a war. Chorus of eight beard- 
ed wise men muff their comedy 
chances, perhaps because there 



"Two Dozen Red Roses" is trite 
fare that will need plenty pulmo- 
oring before kicking up much dust 
on Broadway. Whether the adap- 
tors, Ernestine Perrie, Charles Goff 
and Morton Sarett, translated liter- 
ally from the Italian original of 
Aldo de Benedetti, or revised it, is 
I beside the point. The slight prem- 
ise of plot is weighted down for 
| most part with verbose dialog and 
'.little action, A slick editing job, 
i might improve it. 

"Roses," which reputedly had 
| successful runs in the author's na- 
I tive Italy and European countries, 
I in its current motivation seems too 
' lethargic for hep Yankees. Play 
has some redeeming qualities, if 
not an briginal theme.. 

William Prince, recently on 
Broadway as male lead in "John 
Loves Mary," essays a young 
scrivener, whose marital bark is 
headed for the rocks. Helen Marcy, 
the wife, is also fed up with his in- 
difference. A tangled phone call, 
presumably to a florist, comes by 
mistake. It's an order for roses 
for a glamourous actress. He plans 
to fill the order, anonymously, of 
course. • Frau gets roses by mistake 
and canters on in a fool's paradise, 
believing they have been sent by 
a phantom admirer. This sparks 
off proceedings that wend their way 
to a happy ending. 

Prince gives a likeable portrayal 
of the writer and probably does 
okay with the material at hand. 
Miss Marcy bubbles over as the 
wife, while Bert Thorn strikes a 
balance for the duo as the literary 
agent friend. Other minor roles 
are played by Vivian Purceil and 
Jack Carron. Direction of Miss 
Perrie is pedestrian. The pent- 
house set is attractive. Edba. 



to search for his lost son by means 
of capital furnished by sale of two 
pearjs he has dredged up. He is 
robbed of these treasures by a 
Laurel & Hardy duo, comprised of 
the local magistrate and his tax- 
collector stooge, and promptly dis- 
appears from most of the remain- 
ing action. Meawnhile the kimono- 
ed A. K.'s of the village are pro- 
moting amours for themselves with 
all the femmes within reach, from 
the viceroy's soprano daughter to 
the fisherman's B-girl offspring. 

Frank Rogier baritones the ro- 
mantic lead as assuredly and effec- 
tively as if he had been handling 
it through recent seasons instead 
of leads in "The Medium" and 
"The Telephone." Lois Hunt, has 
an expert set of pipes, doing full 
justice to her arias and lending 
more credence to her part than the 
lines carry. As her stuffed-kimono 
father, Rhys William, troupes 
sparklingly, creating a character 
that is wholly an example of the 
actor's art. 

Madeleine Clive does nicely with 
the fisherman's hoyden daughter's 
sides and songs, neatly lifting some 
of the lyrics from what might have 
i been considered awkward taste. 
1 Robert Burton and Don Doherty 
| give the comic duo more risability 
; than the bare gags supply, although 
i never garnering more than mild 
I laughter. Latter parts are glar- 
ingly underwritten. 

Balance of cast do adequately, 
with John Kirkpatrick's direction 
providing entire production with 
professional polish. Terp routines, 
including pro team- the Franklyns, 
are nothing startling, but don't 
grate either. Setting by youngster 
Robert MacKichan is excellent. 

Don. 



Ting-Ling 

Ogunquit, Me., July 27. 

Mrs. Walter Hartlvix production of music- 
al comedy in two 'acts (six scenes), with 
book Rhd lyrics by Richard. Diamond, music 
by Ignalss Wajfhalter. Features Lois Hunt 
and Frank Rogier. Directed by John Kirk- 
patrick. Choreography, Herman Smith: 
choral singing, Harold Weiner; setting, 
Robert MacKichan: costumes, Lygia 
Opened at Ogunquft Playhouse, 
'48; $8 lop. , 

Man .Tuck Moore 

^ John Helberington 

.Madeleine Clive 



Bernard. 
July 2«, 
Property 

Wong 

Li Fab 

Viceroy Liu.... 

Ting-Ling 

Yn 

Cb'ung 

Sing 

Mula n 

Wan Si 

Li Po 

MajOrdOmp 



. .Rhys Williams 

Lois Hunt' 

Don Doherty 

........ .Robert Burton 

Bmil Kovach 

. . . Ka t hleen Slaughter 

Helen Talley 

Frank Rogier 

Vernon Bates 



Full kudos for courage and imag- 
ination goes to Mrs. Walter Hart- 
wig for again challenging the ham- 
mock-set with an offering as far 
removed from the "John Loves 
Mary" scheme of playing it safe 
as might be staged. This "Chinese 
I musical romance" may fare no bet- 
I ter in citified locations than did 
I |ast season's "Dear Judas." . And if 
it bloops it will be for the same 
reason. The grand old lady of 
strawhat theatre is a sureshot at 
picking 'em for irrelevancy to cur- 
; rent payola tastes and trends. 

Here is a modem "Mikado" with 
more Deutsches-Operhaus diso- 
; nances than swing. And more col- 
j lege-professor wit than broad yaks 
I for the $6.60 masses. But if music 
I alone could sell a show any longer, 
this would be in. Ignatz Waghaltcr 
:has defied a sock score, gamuting 
from serious atmospheric stuff in 
Hindemith vein to romantic ballad- 
ing that haunts uncloyingly. 

But straightfaced plot, despite 
smart lyricing, is embarrassing. In 
Imperial China, thousands of years 
ago, Wong, a poor fisherman, plans 



The King's Servant 

Winooski Park, Vt., July 28. 

St. Michael's College Playhouse produc- 
tion of Felix Dohevtyts drama, "The King's 
Servant. " in three scenes, and eight acts. 
Features Doherty, Fred Graves, Marian- 
Seldes, George Kyron, John Forrest. Mil- 
ton Slater and Robert Stevenson. Directed 
by Doherty. Setting by Otto Huvben.-z. 
Opened ot St. Michael's Playhouse, July 
L'S. '48; SI. 211 top. 

Richard Rich , George Kyron 

Henry VIII I'Y.d Craves 

Anne Boleyn ...Marian Seldes 

Thomas Boleyn tbruld yandow 

Thomas Cromwell lobn Forrest 

William Warhan t'hilip Edwards 

Mrs. Margaret Roper Dolores Masming 

Lady Alice More lieulah Riley 

Thomas More Felix Drdierty 

Palmer , Walter Wallace 

William Kingston George Dcrlan 

Richard Southwell Robert Stevenson 

Thomas Audley Milton Slater 

Christopher Halo Spines McManus 

Felix Doherty, whose "Song Out 
of Sorrow" was a 1941 N. Y. Black- 
friar's production, has an infinitely 
more powerful drama in the story 
of Sir Thomas More. It will be a 
serious contender for the Christo- 
pher award and its reception here 
by secular press and mixed audi- 
ences augurs well for its general 
acceptance. 

Although the play has a religious 
aura, its theme is the perennial 
problem of man's right to have an 
opinion and not be penalized for 
thinking it. Doherty, a lawyer, has 
written a play which makes the 
King's Chancellor a real person 
who uses to the end .of his legal 
weapons to try to save his life. 
. More, the scholarly, urbane, witty 
chancellor, is a juicy role that 
Doherty assumed 36 hours before 
curtain when the original More 
hadn't mastered the lengthy, pre- 
cise, legal lines. He handles it 
masterfully.' 

More, after 15 years service to 
England, resigns when he can't in 
conscience approve King Henry 
VIII's yen for Anne Boleyn and a 
son, a situation which leads the 
King to ask the Pope for a divorce 
and ultimately to take over as head 
of the English church. 

Fred Graves fills out sympa- 
thetically the picture of Henry 
VIII as a monarch bedeviled by be- 
witching Anne Boleyn, handsomely 
played by Marian Seldes, and dis- 
couraged at prospect of getting 
heir from his wife, Catherine of 
Aragon. Cast of 17 requires only 
two other women, More's wife and 
daughter. Action takes place in 
Chamber of State at Westminster, 
London, except for one scene in 
Tower of London and another in 
Tower Hill. Lines are written 
smartly enough so that in pro 
hands shortage of action will not 
be a drawback. Dono. 



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Wednesday, August 4, 1948 



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Literati 



Hollywood Subsidies 
Despite economy-mindedness that 
lias kept them from purchasing 
screen rights to more than a few 
novels and plays during the past 
year, major studios are still willing 
to pass out subsidies to authors of 
likely screen material. Metro, 20th- 
Fox and Paramount are principal 
sources of this largesse, in return 
for which .they get first refusal on 
rights to yarns of the writers they 
help. 

Metro, during the past week, 
handed a $2,000 grant to John 
Brick, 26-year-old scrivener of Yon- 
kers, N. Y., to finance him in com- 
pleting a novel he's working on 
located in the Hudson river valley 
during the post-Civil war period. 
Award was made in a tieup with 
Farrar, Straus & Co., which will 
publish the novel. 

While 20th and Paramount have 
handed out no such subsidies re- 
cently, this does not indicate any 
lack of interest in this type deal, 
they said this week. Reason given 
is merely that there have been no 
suitable stories presented which 
authors need financial help to 
finish. 

Brick, New York University and 
Columbia grad, is managing editor 
of the Export Trade & Shipper 
magazine, New York. Current 
novel is his first accepted for pub- 
lication. It will come out in 1949. 



Bill Bueno s New Spot 

J. R. (Bill) de la Torre Bueno, 
former manager of sales promo- 
tion and advertising for Appleton- 
Century-Crofts, is now with E. P. 
Dutton & Co. in a similar post, 
effective Aug. 1. He replaces 
Frank Frazier. 

Bueno, who has been active in 
the publishing field for some 21 
years, had been associated with 
such firms as Macmillan, Knopf 
and Whittlesey House as well as 
Appleton, chiefly in ad-pub capac- 
ities. He's also a member of the 
Publishers Adclub board of direc- 
tors. 



lillard McGee' Vice Martin 
Lillard (Mike) McGee, radio and 
real estate editor of the Memphis 
Commercial Appeal has temporar- 
ily moved into Harry Martin's va- 
cated amusements editor post. 

McGee is no stranger to cover- 
ing the theatre and' show beats 
here as lie also handled the post 
for four and a half years during 
the war. He is a veteran news- 
paperman and columnist having 
been with the St. Louis Post-Dis- 
patch, Kansas City Star and several 
other topflight midwestern publi- 
cations. Martin, who is president 
of the American Newspaper Guild 
(CIO) is cow in Paris as a special- 
ist and adviser to the ECA. 



career on the old Brooklyn Citi- 
zen later moving to the Brooklyn 
Eagle. As a rewrite man and pol- 
itical writer he worked for a time 
on the New York Tribune, shift- 
ing to the Boston American and 
back to New York on the Amer- 
ican, where he attracted Hearst's 
notice. Eventually he became 
Hearst's right-hand man in the 
newspaper tycoon's dealings with 
his various editors and columnists. 
Col Willicombe was given his mil- 
itary title as lieutenant colonel for 
his intelligence work in World 
War I. He is survived by six 
children by his first wife and one 
by his second. One of his sons. 
Joseph, Jr., is publicity director 
for the King Feature Syndicate, 
and another, John W., is circula- 
tion supervisor lor the New York 
Journal-American. 



Nowadays Supplement Launched 

New weekly newspaper supple- 
ment which will hit towns under 
25,000 population will be launched 
Nov. 15 by Lyman Ames, former 
publication officer for Yank during 
the war. Already tabloid has been 
signed for 305 newspapers in 13 
midwest states with total of 824,- 
000 circulation. Slant will be po- 
sition of small towns and their in- 
habitants on Broadway, Hollywood, 
and in national and world affairs. 
Paper will be called Nowadays. 

Ames' father and grandfather 
started the Chicago Journal of 
Commerce in 1920. Harold Han- 
gaer, formerly with Parade and 
American Weekly, is advertising 
director. 



The HCL 

New York Times' lead story last 
Sunday (1) on the IdlewUd (L. f.V 
international airport ceremonies 
gave a detailed description of the 
stunning air maneuvers and reac- 
tion of the thousands on hand for 
the occasion. Story ran on for two 
breathless columns and out of a 
clear sky wound up with: 

"Watermelon slices were 15 
cents." 



CHATTER 

Joseph Schillinger's new book, 
The Mathematical Basis of the 
Arts" will retail for $12 when re- 
leased Sept. 3. Proofs were cor- 
rected by Leeds' publicity director. 
Arnold Shaw, prior to his depar- 
ture on a holiday. 

Monthly supplement on non-the- 
atrical 16m films will be a new 
feature of the Saturday Review of 
Literature starting Aug. 14. 

Paul (N. Y. Post) Denis* book, 
"Your Career in Show Business" 
(Dutton), into second edition, eight 
weeks after publication. Post's 
radio critic (ex-nitery beat) trailer- 
izing the book via framed covers in 
the Broadway agencies and mid- 
town N. Y. restaurants. 

Los Angeles Times came out this 
week with a new look, tinted green, 
on its sports section. Metro gets 
the first break with a big ad for 
"On An Island With You," starring 
Esther Williams, whose stream- 
lined chassis often decorated the 
sport pages before she went dram- 
atic. 

Toledo Blade, afternoon daily, 
began issuing a Sunday morning 
edition on Aug. 1. Paul Block Jr., 
and William Block, co-publishers of 
the Blade and the Times, morning 
paper, said the franchises, circula- 
tion lists, and other assets of the 
Times were transferred to the 
Blade. 

Earl Wilson, N. Y. Post column- 
ist, profiled in the July 24 issue 
of Editor & Publisher by Carle 
Hodge. 

Paul Kamey, Metro flack, has 
sold an article on the "Optimists 
International" to Tom Breneman's 
Magazine. 



H'wood Market Overloaded 

So many screen writers, tossed 
out of work by the studio retrench- 
ment policy, are turning out Holly- 
wood stories for magazines that 
editors in the east have declared an 
embargo. 

They are willing to take yarns 
with various backgrounds but not 
about doings in the film" business. 
The celluloid literary market is 
overloaded. 



Col. Willicombe Dies at 76 

Col Joseph Willicombe, 76, ex- 
ecutive assistant to William Ran- 
dolph Hearst for 33 years, died 
suddenly July 29 at his home near 
Monterey, Calif. 

Born m New York City in 1872, 
Willicombe started his newspaper 



More War Fix 

— Continued from page 1 — 

smaller studios, started search for 
suitable properties along this line, 
and year 1948 promises to be a 
period when war in. all its finer 
phases will be presented for delec- 
tation of public. 

Columbia Leads Way . 
Columbia started ball rolling, 
insofar as release is concerned, 
with reissue of two war features, 
"The Commandoes Strike at Dawn" 
and "The Invaders." Latter isn't 
exactly a story of battle, but scene 
is laid in wartime Canada with 
Nazis on the loose, and qualifies in 
category. 

Metro, too, in a sense, went back 
to war for subject matter of its 
"Homecoming," co-starring Clark 
Gable and Lana Turner. 

Gable recently completed "Com- 
mand Decision" for his studio, in 
picturization of Broadway play of 
same title authored by William 
VVister Haines. This is story of a 
bombing squadron,' partially based 
on fact and partially Actionized, but 
with a very definite background of 
conflict. Produced by Sidney 
Franklin and directed by Sam 
Wood, with Gable in east are Walter 
Pidgeon, Van Johnson, John Hod- 
iak, Edward Arnold, Brian Don- 
levy and Charles Bickford. Picture 
was made through cooperation of 
Army Air Forces. 

Warners, too, is making an AAF 
picture, "Fighter Squadron." Pic- 
ture is in Technicolor, and most 
of air base sequences were filmed 
at Oscoda Air Field, on Lake Hu- 
ron in Michigan, with Army lend- 
ing its full support. Cast in this 
is headed by Edmond O'Brien and 
Robert Stack, with Henry Hull, 
Tom D'Andrea and John Rodney 
also in cast. Raoul Walsh is direct- 
ing. 

Navy Pix Too 
Same company will make "Task 
Force," to be produced by Jerry 
Wald. Story of Naval aviation, 
Wald was readying this for produc- 



tion when war ended and straight- 
way shelved all further activity 
on it. 

Resurrected some time ago, and 
with a new story of history of 
Naval aviation written by Delmer 
Daves, script was presented to 
Navy for official sanction, which 
was forthcoming last week. Film 
now goes on Wald's active list, and 
is being rushed to hit cameras as 
soon as possible. Daves will handle 
direction. Most of action centers 
around part Navy fliers played in 
late war. 

On 20th-Fox lot. preparations are 
being made for "12 O'clock High," 
history, of 8th Army Air Force by 
Sy Bartlett and Beirne Lay, Jr., 
to hit cameras by late Fall. Louis 
Lighton will produce this. 

Background deals with readying 
atom bomb for dropping on Hiro- 
shima and the planes and fliers 
which dropped it. Authors were 
part of command which enacted 
this feat, so much of material will 
be documentary in nature. 

The military is continued in pair 
of West Point pictures, one turned 
out by Paramount — "Beyond 
Glory" — and other being prepped 
by Warners, "Classmates." "Glory" 
starring Alan Ladd, embraces war 
scenes, with other expected to get 
in similar footage. 



Femme Comics 



Continued from page 1 

CBS has a fourth- comedienne — 
Judy Holliday — who, the web 
feels, shows equal promise of rat- 
ing star calibre on the kilocycles. 

The Ripley in the CBS program 
venture is that the web's primary 
aim was to scout around for up- 
coming male comics, but thus far 
only one personality — Morey 
Amsterdam — out of multiple audi- 
tioning shapes up in the web's 
opinion as meriting continued 
buildup for an eventual bigtime 
payoff. 

Where, Oh Where, Are Men? 

Just where the new male air 
comics are coming from is some- 
thing that has all the webs doing 
some fast and fancy guessing and 
squirming. Thus far the attempts 
to integrate such comics as Danny 
Kaye, Danny Thomas, Donald 
O'Connor, etc., into the radio pic- 
ture have failed. All four webs are 
on the prowl, but frankly acknowl- 
edge it's a tough assignment. 

The emergence of the Marie Wil- 
son, Lucille Ball, Eve Arden, Judy 
Holliday comedy parlay is some- 
thing that just happeneS, without 
any deliberate attempt on the part 
of the network to groom a new 
school of femme attractions. In 
recent years Joan Davis, Judy 
Canova and Cass Daley have had 
the femme comedy sweepstakes 
pretty much to themselves, but 
Miss Daley has been missing from 
the air the past year; Miss Davis 
is shopping around for a sponsor 
after an unsuccessful season on 
the co-op roster, with Miss Canova 
set for a fall return for Colgate. 



SCULLY'S SCRAPBOOK 



Camp Shows 

— — Continued from page 1 I 

unite again in the new setup. The 
Young Men's & Women's Chris- 
tian Assns., the Travelers Aid, 
Jewish Welfare Board, National 
Catholic Community Service and 
the Salvation Army, together with 
representatives from the general 
public, will again comprise the re- 
vived organization. 

Showbusiness is prepared to go 
along with the new group. The 
Veterans Hospital Camp Shows, 
which supplies entertainment to 
hospitalized veterans, is regarded 
as the "mothball fleet" of USO's 
entertainment arm. The same or- 
ganization entertaining the vets 
can be enlarged to take care of 
training camp and overseas amuse- 
ments, just as the USO-Camp 
Shows did during the last war. 

As yet, VHCS execs have not 
been officially notified of their 
future role. The problem of get- 
ting funds to take care of the en- 
larged organization, is still to be 
met. It's likely they'll get the coin 
from the forthcoming fall Com- 
munity Chests campaign. For- 
restal in his original announce- 
ment notified Edward L. Ryerson. 
president of the Community Chests 
of America to notify the 1,000 local 
Chest organizations of the need for 
an enlarged USO. However, local 
quotas in many cases have already 
been set, and in order to obtain 
funds in that campaign, quotas will 
have to be higher. 



% ♦♦»»»♦♦♦«♦♦♦»♦ By Frank Scully « » * 

Llon's.Den., July 31. 
I find that among many subversive documents .which clutter Bedside 
Manor and had best be heaved over the side before a former prosecutor 
takes over the White House is one which holds the view that even char- 
acter actors seem to lack character. Forced to recant, I would nave 
to admit that it's rather shallow to put courage on an occupational 
basis. Just as meek people often become brave when conditioned by 
regimented ferocity in warfare, so do brave people often become cau- 
tious when their livelihood depends on soft-pedaling their political 
opinions. 

Recently I received a "directive from John Joseph in charge of public 
relations at Universal-International ordering, me to report at 2 p.m., in 
Projection Room 8 at Universal City on a certain Monday afternoon. 
I was to report alone. A print of "Hamlet" as interpreted by Laurence 
Olivier was being rushed to Hollywood from New York for one day 
and I was to appear unarmed. 

Being among the first to catch Olivier in "Private Lives" in London 
18 years ago when he was a nobody and being again among the first 
to hail him as an arrived genius in "Henry V" two years ago, I suppose 
I should have crawled on my hands and surviving knee to see the 
master in "Hamlet." But it so happens I have on my dresser a portrait 
of Hans Jacob Nielsen in the role of "Hamlet." At the base of the 
portrait is a bouquet of recent critical opinions from Copenhagen, 
which make Olivier's performance seem melancholy for other reasons 
than following script. 

Both had played the Mad Prince at Kronberg, giving the critics ample 
grounds for comparing their performances. 

If anything, the critics would be inclined to fawn before Olivier 
rather than Nielsen because Olivier is British and Nielsen is a Nor- 
wegian, and the Danes are inclined to look up to England and down 
on Norway. But on this occasion they braved all national bias and said 
Hans Jacob made Larry look the original sad sack. 

As a counter proposal, I therefore offered Mons. Joseph the privilege 
of viewing this portrait. I told him if he would come (alone) -between 
6 and 6:15 on July 14 I'd let him "gaze at the still for 12 minutes. The 
remaining three minutes would have to be reserved for the commercials. 
If he were particularly impressed I might waive the middle commercial. 

For there is a vast difference in standing up to Hitler's hatchetmen 
with a friendly army on either side of you and doing so with armed 
invaders all around you. 

The Nazis, remember, moved into Norway almost overnight, there 
to be greeted by Quislings and a horde of fifth columnists. 

With almost equal speed the surprised Norwegians dived under- 
ground to form an invisible army, but most of the actors were caught 
in the Nazi n it. These were told that the show must go on. All except 
five refused to obey the order. They were further ordered' to pitch for 
the Nazis from the now Hitler-controlled radio stations. The Gestapo 
threatened to shoot anybody who blew up in his lines. The actors 
dummied up on this directive as well. Twelve of their leaders were 
clinked. The rest immediately went on strike. This so annoyed the 
invading lice they took Henry Gleditsch. who had been a leader in the 
actors' strike in Trondhjem, and shot him. 

But before that in the summer of 1941 the board of directors of the 
Norwegian National theatre were arrested and replaced by Nazi pup- 
pets. With the threat of death over actors if they didn't act, it- was- now 
up to the public to strike. On instructions from the Nielsens under- 
ground they did. The underground order went out that no Norwegian 
should put his feet inside either the Nazi controlled National theatre 
or Det Norske Teatret. . . 

The Nazis finally decided to let the remaining actors out of jail under 
certain conditions. The. actors refused the main one. They still would 
not shill over the radio. The Nazis ultimately waived that proviso. 
They found, however, that nobody would go to plays. Abstentions be- 
came a patriotic duty. Houses were empty except when Nazi troops 
poured in. Passes were circulated all over Oslo to make Norwegians 
go to shows. Everybody reported sick. 

Shows Close Cold 

Hundreds of tickets were disposed of in factories and free time 
allotted to the workers. Managers reported "The factory has a cold." 

The Nazis then issued an order that no play could be cancelled be- 
cause of a lack of audience. Once a cast played to two persons — one 
in the orchestra and one in the balcony. During the intermission, with 
Nazi guards all around, the guy in the pit shouted to the balcony lone 
wolf, "Come on down and sit next to me so we Can have a conspiracy." 

Small private theatres, on the other hand, were always packed. 
People gathered together to whisper information to each other and to 
watch for code stuff in scripts which might have got by the Nazi censors. 
They even slipped over a few laughs now and then. 

In the Central theatre in the spring of 1942 the cast decided to put 
on "Greven.av Luxembourg." This was the oldie "The Count of Lux- 
embourg." tt seemed harmless enough to the Nazi censors when first 
produced but it had a line in it which went: "This is'the devil's birth- 
day." The cast picked it figuring they would still be running on Hit- 
ler's birthday. When they came upon the line on April 20, the laughter 
just about split the rafters. The applause went on for 10 minutes. 

Trying to crack this hostile curtain, the Nazis dragooned playwrights 
and set up prizes for the best plays. The pros answered this one with 
icy quiet. Only Nazi amateurs responded to the directive. One Per 
Reidarson won the fixed race with "Siste Skrik" — "The Last Cry-" It 
was his first and last scream. 

The Nazis ordered "Cry" into the National theatre. The theatre 
promptly burned. For this three top actors were sent to Grini— a con- 
centration camp. 

Everybody Wants To Gel Out of the Act 

The play was transferred to Det Nye Teater. Suddenly Lars Nordrum 
who had one of the leads, "disappeared." Jorn Ording was released 
from bondage at Grini to take over the part. A few days later he 
"disappeared" too. Per Aabel was next released from Grini to play it. 
He was watched every minute. He couldn't disappear. But he could 
act. So he acted himself into a simulated psychiatric breakdown. 

Finally, with forced labor, the play went on. It ran four days. Per 
Reidarson's royalties for the four performances was 7.75 kroner— not 
even two bucks. 

During the short run a Nazi goon came upon an actor reading a 
London paper. The paper was only one day old. 
"How did that get here?" the goon demanded. 
"Oh we subscribe," said the actor. 

Sometimes I tell Nonny the stoi-y of little Otto Nielsen, the son of 
Hans Jacob Nielsen. The Nazis had decided to liquidate the actor's 
family as a penalty for their father's disappearance. The underground 
on learning this hustled mother and children into a truck bound for 
Sweden. Buried under canvas, the boy was told that one whimper 
would mean death to all of them. Being only three years old that was 
j pretty hard. 

For three days and nights he lay huddled and hungry as the truck 
I crawled toward safety. Finally over the border and free to breathe 
j fresh air again, he was still so full of misery that he asked his mother, 
"Now can I cry?" 

She said yes, whereupon he cried his heart out for a father and a 
country he thought he would never see again. 

But all lived to be united and little Otto may now be old enough to 
understand that actors may be heroes, too, as well as to act the roles of 
heroes. It should make him proud to know that his father is not only 
a great "Hamlet" but an actor who played his part in outwitting the 
> most horrible barbarians in all „h.isU>«L and even has fans in faraway 
Holly woVd'wKd' are* pfoTOTdl Ms* greatest performance." 



84 



Wednesday, August 4, 1948 



George McCall (cx-Variety) in 
town on an indie film deal. 

Peter Donald and wife back from 
European trip on Queen Elisabeth. 

Alex Lawrence back agenting 
after suffering heart attack several 
weeks ago. 

Publicist David E. Green back 
from Hollywood, Frisco and Hono- 
lulu business jaunt. 

J. Arthur Warner, Wall St. man 
and w.k. Broadwayite, in Doctors 
Hospital for a checkup. 

Judy Gershwin back at Le P.uban 
Bleu; set for Aug. 9 stint on 
WABD's "Doorway to Fame." 

Harry Sosnik to orchestrate and 
baton the new Bobby Clark star- 
ring musical for Mike Todd. 

World-Telegram's Willard Mullin 
to illustrate Al Schacht's baseball 
reminisences tome, "Tall Tales of 
Alexander." 

Herb Sheldon vacationing from 
Latin Quarter luncheon audience 
shows; Alan (Candid Mike) Funt 
pinch-hitting. 

Sam Behr/nan, the playwright 
sold his 43-acre estate in Ridge- 
field, Conn., to David Tod Bulkley, 
a Wall Streeter. 

Armand Deutsch and Benay 
Venuta (Mrs. D.), now Bevhills 
residents for keeps, off to Hono- 
lulu on a holiday, 

Louella O. Parsons and her hus- 
band, Dr. Harry Martin, entrained 
for the Coast Monday (2) and get 
in the 6th, her birthday. 

Midtown novelty shops loaded 
with Babe«Ruth gadgets (inkwells, 
paper weights, etc.) as part of the 
tieup with "Babe Ruth Story." 

Jack Warner and Darryl Zanuck 
quite the chemin-de-fer compan 
ions on the Riviera these days, ac 
cording to reports from overseas. 

Leo Heller of Paramount's press 
book dept., luncheoned by com- 
pany's ad-pub staff prior to shoving 
off for Augusta, Ga., where he will 
study law. 

Metro's homeoffice happy about 
the settlement of the theatre air- 
' conditioning engineers' strike. The 
offices are cooled by the State the- 
fitrt^'s sy stern. 

Mort Blumenstock, Warner Bros, 
ad-publicity chief, planed to San 
Antonio yesterday (Tues.) to spark 
preem campaign for "Two Guys 
From Texas." 

The Charlie Schlaifers (20th) 
plan a 3-4 week getaway this week- 
end to the Cape Cod country, be- 
fore Darryl F. Zanuck returns 
from abroad. 

Humphrey Doulens, Westport 
Variety mugg, hitting the concert 
trail under auspices of Columbia 
Lecture Bureau. He'll talk about 
show business. 

Hotel Brevoort in lower 5th ave- 
nue" no more, after 94 years. Fire 
regulations forced its closure but 
the restaurant and sidewalk cafe 
continue operating. 

Robert Ryan, RKO contractee, 
had to nix a couple of Broadway 
play bids because of sudden ava- 
lanche of home-lot and loanout 
film commitments. 

Lew Kerner, former talent di- 
rector for Goldwyn, in New York 
from two months in Europe setting 
up a package unit to handle pro- 
duction for indie filmmakers. 

Evelyn Koleman, Republic pub- 
licity topper, back at her desk after 
two weeks on the Coast with Rep 
star Roy Rogers and his family. 
She's godmother to Rogers' son, 
. Dusty. 

Dorothy Barko, Century circuit 
legalite, presenting a paper at the 
second international conference of 
the Bar Assn. slated at The Hague. 
She sails today (Wed.) aboard the 
S. S. America. 

Dancer Tudi Kroeck, who is the 
wife of British actor Jeremy Hawk, 
arrived in New York yesterday 
(Tues.) from England with her 
four-month-old daughter to visit 
her parents. 

Max Wilkinson, Goldwyn story 
editor, en route to Europe for hud- 
dles with Sir Alexander Korda on 
remake of "Scarlet Pimpernel," in 
which Goldwyn and Korda will be 
partnered. 

Pat Gray, secretary for many 
years to William J. Heineman, 
Eagle Lion distribution veepee, has 
stepped out of that post to do some 
executiving on her own with Five 
Continent films. 

Bob Gillham, Selznick eastern 
pub-ad chief, returns to New York 
tomorrow (Thursday) from 10 
days of confabs with the producer 
on the Coast, setting up "Portrait 
of Jennie" campaign. 

Arthur Lesser, U. S. rep for 
Maurice Chevalier, is authority for 
' the statement that the Gallic enter- 
tainer will marry Nita Raya, his 
longtime friend, who is a lead in 
the Folies Bergere, Paris. 

Ashton Stevens, dean of Ameri- 
can critics, has been sitting up the 
past few days at his Chi home 
Nephew George Stevens, the direc- 
tor, powwowed with his uncle for 
several days en route L. A. to N. Y 
George Brown, head of Para- 
• mount studio publicity and adver- 
tising, back to the Coast this week- 
end following a week's homeoffice 



powwows with Stanley Shuford, 
Charles M. Reagan, Paul Raibourn, 
et al. 

Martha Wright, wife of Teddy 
Baumfeld, indie film rep, named by 
George Jean Nathan in current 
American Mercury as most prom- 
ising of newer actresses in a mu- 
sical. She was in "Music in My 
Heart." 

Jack Hylton, Irene GaHagher 
(Chappell), Rudy "Vallee, et al., 
making efforts anew to get Jimmy 
Campbell (ex-Campbell, Connelly 
Co., music publishers) out of 
Riverside, Cal., jail on a bad check 
charge. 

Barnard Straus heading for the 
Coast over the weekend to huddle 
on sale of screen rights to "For 
Love or Money," which he pro- 
duced on Broadway during the 
>ast season. He'll be accompanied 
jy p.a. Joel Preston. 

Jack Val, who clicked with "All 
Dressed Up With a Broken Heart," 
is now in music pub business for 
himself as Sunset Co., and with 
(the late) Ira Schuster's brother, 
Joe Schuster, and Johnny Tucker, 
authored "Anything Can Happen 
When You're Lonesome." 

Leeds Music's Arnold Shaw 
broke P. 1. of the N. Y. Times 
twice, with the same story: first 
when Stravinsky agreed to "popu- 
lar versions of his classics, and 
against last week when he sued for. 
alleged "ignominy" because of the 
"desecration" of his works. 

Fredric March, currently work- 
ing in England in J. Arthur Rank's 
"Christopher Columbus," expects 
to be back in N. Y. by September. 
His wife, Florence Eldridge, and 
daughter, Penny, are in Switzer- 
land and March will join them for 
a two-week vacation there Aug. 14. 

Bill Berns, former MBS gabber, 
leaves New York today (Wed.) for 
a 16-city tour to gather broadcast 
material on United Artists' "Red 
River." He'll follow the Chisholm 
Trail, locale of the pic, making 
tape-recorded bits for Mutual's 
nightly radio newsreel and other 
shows. 

Since Borrah Minevitch has 
been doing quondam columning for 
Variety, from Paris, where he has 
been headquartered for almost a 
year, the ex-harmonica virtuoso 
turned manager, has been getting 
fan letters, including a particularly 
significant one from S. Jay Kauf- 
man, who used to be a columnist 
himself. 

The Sam Zolotows back from a 
coast-to-coast motor trip during 
which period the veteran N. Y. 
Times- dramatic dept. writer dis- 
covered, for the first time, "what 
a wonderful country this is; a pul- 
sating, thriving and .powerful na- 
tion." Zolotow heretofore had 
never been west of a Pittsburgh 
legit opening. 



Spencer Tracy and Howard 
Strickling sailing for New York 
Saturday (7). 

Laurie Audrian, advertising' and 
publicity chief for Prestige Pic- 
tures, holidaying in London. 

Following a long period of free- 
lance work, trumpeter Duncan 
Whyte has formed a new band. 

Bareness Orczy, creator of the 
Scarlet Pimpernel, left $141,000, 
but died without making a will. 

Taking a month's vacation from 
the Milroy nitery. bandleader Paul 
Adam has opened at the Grand ho- 
tel, Excelsior, Rapallo, Italy. 

Film director David Macdonald 
turned novelist, having written 
"The Valley of a Thousand 
Knives," soon to be published 
here. 

Trade lunch to Darryl Zanuck 
is off. Believed he didn't want to 
become involved making speeches 
on present situation in the in- 
dustry. 

Old Vic star Margaret Leighton 
joins the cast of "Under Capri- 
corn," which Hitchcock is direct- 
ing in Technicalor for Transat- 
lantic. 

Dr. Mosco Carner, who has just 
completed a two months' stay in 
Dublin as guest conductor of Ra- 
dio Eireann Symphony Orchestra, 
returns to his BBC duties Aug. 5. 

Joe Muddel and Billy Wiltshire, 
on tour with Sophie Tucker, also 
played for Maurice Rocco on the 
same bill. Rocco has now asked 
them to join his act on completion 
of the Tucker engagement. 

When Alan Jones was unable to 
appear this week at the Palace 
theatre, Blackpool, due to a bad 
throat, Ted Heath's vocalist Paul 
Carpenter stepped in at an hour's 
notice to make his first appearance 
as a solo artist in vaude. Jones in- 
troduced Carpenter, who did a 20- 
minute act. 



performance for Senora de Peron's 
"Winterhilf" funds. 

Cinemactress Delia Garces mull- 
ing musical comedy appearance at 
Presidente Alvear theatre in Au- 
gust. Star is banned from screen 
and radio by order of Senora de 
Peron. 

Hugo Fregonese reported prep- 
ping Argentine-made film version 
of Xavier Cugat's biog and trying 
to line up Rita Hayworth and Lina 
Romay to play themselves in pic. 
Cugat is expected in Buenos Aires 
in April, 1949. 

Chicago . 

Charles Whittaker, manager of 
Paramount theatre, Miami, here 
for vacash. 

Bob Nelson, son of late muni- 
cipal oudge, mulling plans for an 
outdoor theatre in Lake County. 

Alan Edelson, Hildegarde's 
praise agent, convalescing from re- 
cent bout with virus pneumonia. 

La Salle theatre, shuttered for 
several months, opened Friday 
(30) with "Mr. Blanding's Dream 
House." 

"One Woman" camera crew 
shooting at Grant Park concerts, 
the Chi Stadium and the old 
Armory. 

Herb Carl in, manager of Civic 
Opera House, and Theon Wright 
plan to bring in the French Ballet 
for first postwar sighting here. 

Gertrude Bronberg shifting as 
flack for "John Loves Mary" to 
"Streetcar Named Desire," which 
opens here Sept. 21. Max Gendel 
replaces on "John." 



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Westport, Conn. 

By Humphrey Doulens 

Ben Boyar bought a house 
Fairfield. 

Max .and -Millie Gordon visiting 
Edna Ferber. 

Helen Traubel leaving for Coast 
dates this week. 

Mrs. William Anthony McGuire 
visiting the Peppy d'Albrews. 

Jean Dalrymple, back from Eu- 
rope, is at her farm near Danbury. 

Mary Martin and family checked 
in at Norwalk for rest of the sum- 
mer. 

Harold Stone, playing small part 
in tryout of "Perfect Pitch" at 
Country Playhouse this week, is 
stepson of S. N. Behrman. 

Westporters will send special 
delegation to honor Richard Rodg- 
ers at Rodgers and Hammerstein 
Night at Lewisohn Stadium, New 
York, Aug. 7. 

June Havoc hostess at big party 
after "Anna Christie" closing last 
Friday (30). Guests were invited to 
dress as the actor they always 
wanted to be. 

Broadwayites seeing "Anna 
Christie" at Country Playhouse 
last week: John Hersey, Lee Shu- 
bert, Elmer Rice, Betty Field, 
Renee Carroll, Gene Tierney, 
David Brooks, Margaret Pember- 
ton, George Zachary, Eva LeGal- 
lienne, Henry Fonda and Rita 
Weiman. 



Dublin 

By . Maxwell Sweeney 
Actor Ronald Howard vacation- 
ing here from England. 

Announcer Sheila O'Brien named 
station supervisor for Radio Eire- 
ann. 

Ingrid Bergman weekended here 
from stint in "Under Capricorn" 
in London. 

Dorothy Arthur, of American 
Catholic Forum of the Air, here on 
a brief visit. 

Comedian Stanley Holloway here 
for exteriors on "Another Shore" 
for Rank's Ealing Studios. 

Irish actors are asking Finance 
Minister Patrick MacGilligan to re- 
move import tax on greasepaint. 

Conductor Sixten Eckerberg 
here from Sweden for special sea- 
son with Radio Eireann's symphony 
orch. 

20th-Fox London general sales 
manager Jimmy Pattison. planed in 
for talks with local execs and ex- 
hibs. 

Gainsborough's "Good Time 
Girl" and Republic's "Flame of the 
Barbary Coast" both got Eire film 
censor's nix. 

Leslie Arliss planed to England 
after scanning locations for "Saints 
and Sinners," film of Paul Vincent 
Carroll play which he'll direct for 
Korda. 

Cinema staffs in Dublin are to 
receive a $1.75 pay hike, retroac- 
tive to May 14, with further rise of 
50c in October following Labor 
Court decision. This is second up- 
ping of wage rates within 18 
months. 



By Larry Solloway 

Sonny Kay, Rosanne and Harvey 
Bell head new show at Club Bali. 

B. S. Pully and H. S. Gump 
opened to solid biz at Paddock 
club. 

Joaquin Garay, Leo Diamond 
D'lvons, featured in new Clover 
Club show. 

Johnny Greenhut in town for 
talks with the top club owners 
anent MCA talent. 

Jack Goldman offering Danny 
Thomas own terms to come into 
Clover Club for winter date. 

Chapter of 52 Assn., N. Y. group 
which entertains hospitalized vets, 
organized here this week by Lou 
Appleton. 

Dick Stern takes over Barry 
Gray's spot on WKAT-Copa show 
while latter tours the country on 
goodwill tour for new Copa. 

•Dorothy Raymer, ex-Miami News 
amusement ed and husband Charlie 
Duerkes, debuting new air show 
via WKAT. Format: amusement 
chatter and reviews. 



Hollywood 



Manila 

Local Chinese newspapermen 
and radio artists have organized 
the Cathay Broadcasting Agency, 
to air programs in Chinese. 

Violinist Yehudi Menuhin will 
visit the Philippines in November. 
He'll give a series of concerts Com- 
mencing Nov. 8 at the auditorium 
of the Univ. of St. Tomas. 

Offices and films of the Para- 
mount Films of the Philippines, 
Inc., on the top floor of the State 
Theatre building in downtown 
Manila, were recently destroyed by 
fire. 

The Far East Broadcasting Co.'s 
new radio station, KZAS, a non- 
commercial enterprise, was inaugu- 
rated recently, with Secretary of 
Justice Roman Ozaeta as the guest 
speaker. 



Buenos Aires 

Mexican warbler Pedro Vargas 
on air for Anjou perfumes at Radio 
Splendid. 

Three Lezcano sisters on Mundo 
web for Criet perfumes. Trio hails 
from Genoa. 

Comedian Luis Sandrini inked 
contract for legit appearances in 
1949 with Gallo Enterprises. 

Musical revue at Casino Theatre 
sold out for weeks ahead. Revue 
teams comedienne Nini with cine- 
mactor Pepe Arias. 

Italian conductor Victor de Sab- 
bato, batoning symphony concerts 
at Gran Rex theatre for Wagnerian 
Assn. of Buenos Aires. 

Mistinguetts' ex-partner, Harry 
Dressel, in Buenos Aires to line up 
music-hall bookings and direct 
choruses at Casino revue. 

Storm brewing in Argentine 
Assn. of Empresarios, with prexy 
Hector Quiroga slated to turn in 
resignation at any moment. 

Los Chavalillos Sevillanos, Span- 
ish dance team, lined up by Iri- 
berri Concerts Organization for 
season at Municipal Theatre. 

Italian screenstar Aldo Fabrizzi 
plans directing and playing-' lead 
in Argentine-made film about 
Nero, after present directing job 
on "Immigrant." 

Beniamingo Gigli and daughter 
ftina teamed together in "La Tra- 
viata" at Colon Opera, in benefit 



iai 

By Hal P. Mills 

Rain washing out biz at summer 
gardens. 

Film theatre biz hit new low due 
to bus drivers strike. 

"Sinbad the Sailor" biggest box- 
office film of the week. 

Mike Goldsthein's band into St. 
George summer garden. 

Rosita, 16-year-old daughter of 
Don Alindada, local band leader, 
killed by truck. 

Summer gardens packed as city 
bans air-conditioning in nite spots 
because of power shortage. 

Mei Lan-fan, China's No. 1 
artist, recently retired, is consider- 
ing offers for a few more ap- 
pearances. 

U. S. Navy negotiating for pur- 
chase of swank Edgewater Beach 
hotel at Tsingtao, popular summer- 
ing spot for Shanghailanders. 

City government authorities 
adopting a don't-care attitude on 
threat of foreign film distributors 
to withdraw from China market 
unless theatres can hike admission 
prices. 



Andy Russell left for Honolulu. 
J. Edgar Hoover visiting the film 
lots. 

Benay Venuta to Honolulu on va- 
cation. 

Armand Deutsch sailed for a 
Hawaiian siesta. 

Lee Shubert in town to gander 
new musical, "Lend an Ear." 

Fortunio Bonanova hosting Pro- 
cuna, Spanish bull fighter. 

Marina Koshetz left for a tour of 
concerts in the midwest. 

Boris Karloff in town after an 
eastern tour with "Tap Roots." 

Bob O'Donnell and bride in from 
Texas on a brief honeymoon. 

Max Opuls returned to work at 
Enterprise after two weeks of ill- 
ness. 

Helen Hoerle in from N. Y. to 
handle legit p.a. chores on "April 
Fool." 

Burns Lee succeeded Bernie 
Milligan as president of the Pub- 
licity Club. 

William Goetz checked in at Uni- 
versal-International after six weeks 
in Europe. 

Naomi Ethardo, former acrobat 
with Ringling Bros., seriously ill 
in Santa Anita. 

Theodora Lynch to Dallas to star 
in "The Vagabond King" at the -• 
Starlight Theatre. 

Lyle Fry left Metro's flackery 
to manage the Los Angeles Am- 
bassador theatre. 

Harry Warner bought a 37-acre 
tract in San Fernando Valley near 
the Wamer ranch. 

Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., will rep- 
resent the Navy dept. at the Dutch 
coronation, Sept. 6. 

Fred Stanley taking a leave of. 
absence from the Metro flackery, 
on doctor's orders. 

Jack Mandell in from France to 
handle French and Italian pictures 
for California houses. 

Tony Martin and Cyd Charisse 
to Las Vegas where Tony is booked 
at the Flamingo hotel. 

Claire Trevor painfully bruised 
in auto collision, but continued 
work in "The Lucky Stiff." 

Frank Sinatra and Andy Russell - 
sponsoring Softball teams to play 
for the Hollywood Youth Fund 
benefit. 

Ray Nazarro hospitalized after 
collapsing on the Columbia lot 
while directing "Smoky Mountain 
Melody." 

Charles P. Skouras tossed a 
luncheon for civic leaders in con- 
nection with the National Youth 
Movement. 

Neville Blond in town as trade 
adviser for the United Kingdom to 
consult with film producers on 
Britain's film quota law. 

Nick Carmona and Dal Crawford, 
explosives experts, wounded by a 
premature explosion on the , Uni- 
versal-International lot. 



Atlantic City 

By Joe W. Walker 

Pearl Bailey into Irv Wolf's 500 
club. 

Traymore has Jose Melis orch 
and Freddie Baker Quintet. 

Orsatti's has Three Suns with 
Mills Bros, slated to follow in Aug. 
6. 

Mary Small and Art Mooney and- 
band head current Steel Pier's lay- 
out. 

Auditorium theatre in Conven- 
tion hall offering Janet Blair and 
Francis Lederer in "For Love or 
Money." 

Belle Baker opened at Clicoquot 
club Saturday (30), with Bruce 
Howard. The Cerneys, Ruth Daye 
and Shirley Paige dancers comprise 
support bill. 

Louis Armstrong and his combo 
(Jack Teagarden, Earl "Father" 
Hines, Barney Bigard, Sid Catlett, 
Arvell Shaw and Velma Middle- 
ton) drew large turnout at opening 
at Club Nomad Friday (30) night. 



Salt Lake City 

By Kathleen Phillips 

Giff Davison, RKO branch man- 
ager, winner of first place in na- 
tional drive. 

Hugh Braley, Par district man- 
ager, in town to hypo sales force 
on fall product. 

Les Brown orch doing neat busi- 
ness at Coconut Grove dancery, 
despite heat wave. 

Air Races last Sunday thrilled 
capacity crowd, but plane crash 
with two deaths^ brought state nix 
on future air contests. 

Jerry Jones, owner of burned- 
out Rainbow Randevu, off on a 
junket to survey dance halls for 
new ideas for rebuilding.. 

"National Barn Dance" booked 
to play Intermountain area, start- 
ing in Colorado, and one-nighting 
through Utah, Idaho and Wyoming. 

Charlie Pincus, manager of Utah 
theatre, picked by Deseret News 
as "Man of the Week." Daily de- 
voted full page to laud Pincus, 
known locally as "Mayor of Main 
Street." ' 



Cleveland 

By Glenn C. Pullen 

Art Warren and Chuck Marusic 
closing deal for sale of their 
Zephyr Club. 

Ink Spots slated to kick off fall 
season for Vogue Room, Hotel Hol- 
lendon, now shuttered. ' 

Doris Lee and Pat McCormick 
band moving back to Borsellino's 
Club in late August when it re- 
opens. 

William F. McDermott, Plain 
Dealer drama critic, visiting Ber- 
lin, Paris and Rome on writing 
junkej. 

Gene Erwin and Mike Cohan, 
owners of Rumbana Room, drop- 
ping Latin band policy and re- 
modeling it with a carnival motif 
for policy of comedy-novelty acts. 

Mark Marvin, N. Y. producer, 
and Canada Lee here last week 
to look over Maurice Valency's 
new musical, "Reluctant Lady, 
tried out by Cain Park straw- 
hat. Lee has option to produce it 
on Broadway. 



Wednesday, August 4, 1948 



P^RIBTY 



SS 



OBITUARIES 



JOHN .1. PAYETTE 

John J. Payette, 56, general zone 
manager of Warner Bros, theatres 
in the Washington territory and a 
founder and first barker of Variety 
Tent Number 11 in Washington, 
died in that city Aug. 1. Death was 
caused by a combination of heart 
and kidney ailments. 
' A native of Washington, Payette 
was associated with the industry 
since 1904. He started as an usher 
at the Old Academy of Music, be- 
came assistant treasurer, then at 17 
became manager of the Rhode 
Island theatre. In 1914 he joined 
General Film Co., as assistant man- 
ager and later worked for Samuel 
Goldwyn Productions. 

After overseas service in World 
War 1. Payette joined the Harry M. 
Oandall Circuit as assistant man- 
ager of the Metropolitan- in Wash- 
ington. Three weeks, later he be- 
came manager. In 1920 he was 
upped to assistant general manager 
of all Crandall theatres and in 1925 
became general manager. 

When Crandall' merged with 
Stanley Co., Payette became Stan- 
ley supervisor in Washington, and 
when Warners took over he was 
made general manager of the 45 
Warner theaters in the District of 
Columbia: Maryland, Virginia, West 
A'irginia, and Pennsylvania. 

During World War II, Payette 
was co-chairman of the film indus- 
try's war activities committee in 
the district, and was active in. other 
industry and civic affairs. He is 
survived by his wife, Dorothy, 
daughter of Harry M. Crandall, 
Washington film pioneer, and a 
daughter and three sons. 

Funeral services will be held at 
10 o'clock tomorrow (Wednesday) 
at the Shrine of the Sacred Heart. 
Burial will be in Mount Olivet 
Cemetery. 

The pallbearers, all former asso- 
ciates of Payette at the Warner 
office here, will be George A. 
Crouch, Frank La Falce, Harry E. 
Lohmeyer, Charles V. Grimes, J. 
Alton Pratt and Louis F. Ribnitzki. 

Honorary pallbearers are: Harry 
Kalmine. general manager, and 
veepee of Warner Bros. Theatres; 
W. Stuart McDonald, treasurer, 
Warner Bros. Theatres; Joseph 
Beinhard, president of Film Clas- 
sics; Carter Barron, Eastern Divi- 
sion mgr. of Loew's Theatres; Nel- 
son B. Bell, radio and drama critic; 
Rudolph Berger, M-G division 
mgr.; W. F. Beiersdorf, manager 
of Warner Bros, exchange; Ralph 
Binns, manager of Highway Ex- 
press Co.; A. Julian Brylawski, 
Warner Bros. Theatres; Jay Car- 
mody. drama editor of Evening 
Star: Jake Flax, manager of Re- 
public exchange; Robert J. Fol- 
liard, division mgr. of RKO ex- 
change; J. Edward Fontaine, divi- 
sion higr. of -§elznick Releasing 
organization; Sam Galanty, divi- 
sion mgr. of Columbia Pictures; 
Nat Glasser, district manager of 
Warner Bros. Theatres; Frank Har- 
man, veepee of Hamilton National 
Bank; Garfield Kass, Kass Realty 
Co.; C. E. McGowan, Warner Bros. 
Theatres; Joseph P. Morgan, for- 
mer associate; I. J. Rappaport, 
Rappaport Theatres, Baltimore, 
Md.; Robert Smeltzer, division 
mgr., Warner Bros. Pictures; L. T. 
Souder, electrical contractor. 



MAX MILDER 

Max Milder, 57, veteran film 
exec who resigned as managing di- 
rector of Warner Bros. Pictures. 
Ltd., in England last month, died 
Aug. 1 at his home in Surrey, Eng- 
land. Milder resigned his execu- 
tive post because of illness after 
managing Warner interests in Eng- 
land for 17 years. 

Born in Zanesville, Ohio, Milder 
was active in the film industry for 
36 years, the last 30 of which were 
with Warners. He was eastern di- 
vision domestic sales manager be- 
fore going to England in 1931 to 
take over the top position. In 1941, 
Milder negotiated the purchase by 
Warners of 2,000,000 shares in As- 
sociated British Pictures Corp. 

Upon his resignation in July, the 
bo rd of directors of Warner Bros., 
Ltd.. issued the following state- 
ment: "His resignation has been 
received with sincere regret by 
every member of the organization. 
Mr. Milder has been associated 
with Warners for more than a 
quarter of a century and since 1931 
as head of the Warner activities in 
the United Kingdom. The board is 
appreciative of and extremely 
grateful for the important accom- 
plishments Mi-. Milder has achieved 
during his years as managing di- 
rector." 

Survived by wife, daughter and 

son. 

PAT POWERS 
Patrick. A. (Pat) Powers, 78, 
early soisid motion picture pro- 
ducer, died July 30 after a short 
illness at Doctors' Hospital, N. Y. 



He lived at the Metropolitan Club, 

.■" and » l Lon g Shore Estates, 
Westport, Conn. 

Powers was born in Waterford, 
Ireland, and came to this country 
as a young man. For a time he 
was a policeman in Buffalo. After 
lie bought a phonograph shop, he 
became a distributing agent for the 
Edison Phonograph Co. and the 
Victor Talking Machine Co. 

In 1912, he and a partner formed 
Universal Pictures Corp. in New 
York from eight indie production 
companies. This concern later be- 
came Universal International. He 
also organized Film Booking Of- 
fices of America, now part of RKO. 
Through these enterprises he in- 
troduced the "Mickey Mouse" and 
"Silly Symphony" animated car- 
toons. He also produced the "Flip 
the Frog" and "Willie Whopper" 
film series. 

Until a year ago, he was presi- 
dent of Celebrity Productions, Inc., 
723 Seventh avenue, which he 
founded in 1930. but his main in- 
terest in recent years had been the 
velopment in Westport. Surviving 
and Country Club, a residential de- 
velopment in Westport, Surviving 
are his daughter, Mrs. Roscoe N. 
George, of San Fernando, Cal., and 
a sister, Miss Mary E. Powers, of 
Buffalo. 



Valley Forge Hospital, Phoenix- 
ville. Pa. 

Lockbourne band is mainspring 
of "Party Line," Army Air Force 
recruiting show, aired weekly over 
WCOL and all-Ohio network. Brice 
was recommended for the Army 
Commendation Ribbon for out- 
standing service. Award was to 
have been made day following his 
death. 

Survived by wife and daughter. 



LEE McGOVERN 

Leo Paul McGovern, 52, known 
in the trade as Lee McGovern, 
died recently at Veterans Hospital, 
Pittsburgh. Back in the silent film 
days, he was a film salesman and 
an ad sales representative. He 
ballyhooed many attractions at 
theatres in the mideast, exploited 
films in arrangement with distribu- 
tors and exhibitors and also sold 
theatre premiums. 

He leaves a wife and six chil- 
dren. 



BERNHARD GARDNER 

Bernhard Gardner, 73, commer- 
cial counsellor for International 
division of the Radio Corp. of 
America, died at his home in N. Y. 
July 29 following a heart attack. 

Since joining RCA in 1918, 
Gardner had been associated with 
everal of its plants and subsidiaries 
in Montreal, London, Tokyo and 
New York. In 1921, he was made 
acting secretary of His Master's 
Voice, Ltd., and of the Berliner 
Gramaphone Co., Ltd., both of 
Canada. Seven years later he be- 
came managing director of Victor 
Co. of Japan. Returning to Canada 
in 1930, he was elected prexy of the 
Victor Co., of Canada, Ltd., and 
managing director of the Interna- 
tional Division of the RCA Victor 
Company in Camden, N. J. 

In 1935, he was made European 
manager of RCA and managing 
director of RCA Photophone, Ltd., 
of London, He returned to this 
country in 1940 and acted as liaison 
with the British Purchasing Com- 
mission. He retired in 1946, but 
continued to act in a counselling 
capacity with the RCA Interna- 
tional division up to the time of 
his death. 

Survived by. wife and two broth- 
ers, Dr. Leo Gardner, of Miami, 
and Michael Gardner, of Montreal. 



A. J. (DICK) KEARNEY 

A. J. Kearney, 69, assistant gen- 
eral manager for the Shea Circuit, 
theatre chain in Ohio, Pennsyl- 
vania and New England, died July 
30 at Medical Arts Center Hospital, 
N. Y. 

Kearney joined the firm in 1901, 
when it was a vaudeville circuit, 
and was manager for a number of 
its performers, including the 
late Will Rogers, Irene Castle and 
the late Vernon Castle. After 
vaudeville gave way to motion pic- 
tures he was placed in charge of 
film bookings and labor relations. 

Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Sara 
B. Kearney, a brother and three 
sisters. 



FRANCESCO PELOSI 

Francesco Pelosi, 53, general 
manager and artistic director of 
the Philadelphia La Scala Opera 
Company, died of a heart attack in 
his automobile, Aug. 2, 15 miles 
southeast of Hammonton, N. J. 
Pelosi headed the Philadelphia 
opera company since 1926. 

He was a former director of the 
Civic Grand Opera, the Florentine 
Grand Opera, and the National 
Civic Opera companies, and a for- 
mer general manager of the 
Pennsylvania Opera Co. He was 
born in Italy and came to the U. S. 
at the age of 12. 

Survived by wife, two daughters 
and two sons. 



ELLIS CHANEY 

Ellis Chaney, 63, veepee of 
Southland Industries, owners of 
WOAI, died of a heart ailment in 
San Antonio July 25. 

He was widely known in the 
radio industry, a pioneer who 
helped to make Texas broadcast- 
ing history. With the late Joe 
Cummings, he was co-founder of 
WOAI in 1922. For years he 
headed the Southern Equipment 
Co. 

Survived by wife and three sons. 



JOHN J. BRICE 

Chief Warrant Officer John J. 
Brice. director of Lockbourne 
766th U. S. Air Force. Band, in 
Columbus, Ohio, died' July 28 jn 



JOSEPH P. EGAN 

Joseph P. Egan, 77, an associate 
of William A. Brady in the pugi- 
listic and theatrical affairs of 
James J. Corbett, Bob Fitzsim- 
mons'and Jim Jeffries, died July 
20 at Jeffries' home near Los An- 
geles. 

For a time Egan was advance 
man for John Bunny. He is sur- 
vived by a brother, Chris P. Egan, 
of New York. 



CHARLES RICHARDS 

Charles Richards, 51, film casting 
director, died July 29 in Holly- 
wood. After a short career as an 
automobile race driver in In- 
dianapolis, Richards moved to 
Hollywood 25 years ago to become 
an actor. 

For the last 19 years he had been 
a casting director, chiefly with in- 
dependent companies. His last 
connection was with William Cag- 
ney Productions. 



VICTOR POLATSCHEK 

Victor Polatschek, 53, clarinetist 
with the Boston Symphony, died in 
Pittsfield, Mass., July 27. He was 
also adviser in woodwind music for 
Edward B. Marks Music Corp., N. Y. 

After establishing a reputation 
as a soloist in Europe, he came to 
the U.«S. in 1930 and had been 
with the Boston orch since that 
time. 

Survived by wife and a sister. 

GEORGE SEACH 

George Seach, for the past 30 
years salesman for RKO Pictures, 
died July 28 in San Francisco from 
burns received when his car ex- 
ploded while he was repairing the 
fnotor. 

A native of St. Thomas, Ontario, 
Seach is survived by a son and 
daughter. 



Hoffman was in the furniture 
business as well as radio. He 
opened WMIN in 1936. He was a 
member of the Twin Cities Radio 
Stations and Newspapers Assn. 
Survived by mother and sister. 



Joseph J. (Goldie) Goldschmidt, 

65, ticket agency owner, died at 
his homo in St. Louis, July 29: He 
handled ducats to every form of 
entertainment in St. Louis since 
1927. His wife and son survive 

him. . 

Edgar P. Love, 61, seat cushion 
concessionaire who pyramided an 
idea for his own comfort into a 
profitable business, died at St. An- 
thony's hospital, St. Louis, July 
26 of heart ailment. 



Mother, 74, of Fred Waring, 
orch leader, died at her home in 
Shawnee-on-Delaware, Pa., Aug. 1. 



Alfred C. Mueller, 78, retired 
violinist, died in Chicago, July 23. 
Survived by four sisters. 



Mother, 75, of Norbert F. Bro- 
dine, 20th-Fox cameraman, died in 
Hollywood, Aug. 2. 



Mother, 74, of Paramount de- 
signer Edith Head, died in Holly- 
wood, July 31. 



ARTHUR S. PHOENIX 

Arthur S. Phoenix, 78, for 30 
years director of the Weiting Opera 
House, Syracuse, N. Y., died in that 
city, July 27. 

In 1937 he became an instructor 
of music at Syracuse Univ. and 
directed university band. He re- 
tired in 1942 because of ill health. 



MRS. JULIUS KENDLER 

Mrs. Cecilia Alienkoff Kendler, 
61, widow of Julius Kendler, the- 
atrical attorney, died in New York, 
July 26. . She had been a school 
teacher and retired last year after 
28 years of service. 

Survived by two daughters, a 
sister and brother. 



ARTHUR FISHER 

Arthur Sonnasardo (55), known 
professionally as Arthur Fisher, 
head of the largest independent 
vaudeville booking agency in 
N. Y., died in Southhold, L. I., 
July 30 after a heart attack. 

Further details in Vaudeville 

section. 

LOTTIE HARVEY 

Mrs. Charlotte Action, 58, screen 
actress, known professional as Lot- 
tie Harvey, died in Hollywood, 
Aug. 2. Survived by two sons, one 
of them, Ralph Action, assistant 
casting director for Eagle Lion. 



EVERETT HAYS 

Everett Hays, 71, former mana- 
ger of Majestic theatre, Chicago, 
died in Minnesota, July 30. 

Survived by wife, two daughters, 
and a son. 



HARRY MARTIN 

Harry Martin, 27, manager of the 
Atom theatre, Chicago, died there 
July 30. 

Survived by his mother, cashier 
at the theatre. 



HOMER LESPERANCE 

Homer Lesperancc, 54, head of 
RKO's printing department, died 
July 29 in Hollywood, following a 
heart attack. 



EDWARD HOFFMAN 

Edward Hoffman, 50 years old, 
president of Twin City radio sta- 
tion WMIN, died after a heart at- 
tack in his summer home at Lake 
Mahtomedi, near Minneapolis. ; ■. ".- 



MARRIAGES 

Lia Vetti to Tino Rossi, Cassia, 
Riviera, July 30. Bride is screen 
actress; groom is film and stage 
singer. 

Nancy Walker to Gar Moore, 
Mexico, Aug. 1. Bride is come- 
dienne formerly starred in recent 
musical, "Look, Ma, I'm Dancing;" 
he's Selznick contract player cur- 
rently appearing in strawhat at La 
Jolla, Cal. 

Gay Hess to Harry Wells, New 
York, Aug. 1. Bride is dancer and 
captain of line at the Latin Quar- 
ter, N, Y.; he's member of the act, 
"Men .of Distinction" in same 
show. •> 

Irene Manning to Clinton H. 
Green, London, July 31. Bride is 
stage and screen actress, who 
starred in recent London produc- 
tion of "The DuBarry"; he's head 
of photographic bureau of N. Y. 
Times London office. 

Nicole Hargrove to Paul Pear- 
son, Paris, July 31. Bride is a 
dancer and daughter of Charles 
Hargrove, Paris' correspondent of 
the Wall St. Journal; he's son of 
Leon Pearson, NBC correspondent 
in Paris, and employed in press 
division of European Recovery 
program there. 

Betty Goldberg tfl» Paul T. 
Smith, Detroit, July 13. He's pian- 
ist and arranger with Tommy Dor- 
sey's orch. 

Jeanne Connell to Bob Bassin- 
dale, Fort Worth, Tex., recently. 
He's on news staff of WBAP, Ft. 
Worth. „ 
Audrey Sabetti to Albert John- 
son, Los Angeles, Aug. 1. She's a 
singer and he's a technician with 
"Carousel." 

Rose Rothschild to Jack Weiner, 
Santa Barbara, July 30. He's a 
Hollywood agent. 



BIRTHS 

Mr. and Mrs. Elliott Plowe, son, 
Pittsburgh, July 23. Mother's for- 
mer Shirley Stevenson, showgirl. 

Mr. and Mrs. John Zomnir, son, 
Pittsburgh, July 18. Father's with 
Eagle Lion. 

Mr. and Mrs. Bob Markley, daug- 
ter, Pittsburgh, July 15. Father's 
a box-office man. 

Mr. and Mrs. Fred Kelly, son, 
New York, July 6. Father's a dance 
director 'and brother of Gene 
Kelly. 

Mr. and Mrs. Dave Gifford, son, 
Pittsburgh, July 20. Father's a 
bandleader. 

Mr. and Mrs. Al Chance, daugh- 
ter, St. Louis, July 28. Father's a 
radio director with KSD there. 

Mr. and Mrs.' Martin Friedman, 
son, New York, July 27. Father is 
head of Paramount's playdate 
dept. 

Mr. and Mrs. Gene Reynolds, 
son, Fort Worth, recently. Father 
is staffer of WBAP there. 

Mr. and Mrs. John H. Rugge, son, 
Hackensack, N. J. Father is assis- 
tant to Ralph W. Budd, personnel 
director of Warner Bros. 

Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Steffner, 
son, Hollywood, July 25. Father 
is western sales manager for CBS. 

Mr. and Mrs. Walter Slezak, 
son, Hollywood, July 31. Mother 
is the former Johanna Van Rhyn, 
operatic singer; father is an actor. 

Mr. and Mrs. Murray Glazer, son, 
New York, recently. Father is as- 
sistant manager of Loew's 175th 
Street theatre, N. Y. 

Mr. and Mrs. Jack McCoy, son, 
Hollywood, July 31. Father is KNX 
announcer. 

Mr. and Mrs. Ted Westermann, 
daughter, New York, July 30. 
Mother is Phillis Creore, radio- 
tele actress-singer. 

Mr. and Mrs. E. H. (Buddy) Mor- 
ris, son, Hollywood, Aug. 2. Father 
is head of Morris Music; mother is 
former Carolyn Grortrwell,. actress.- 



Giveaways 

Continued from page 1 



meters are offering a long string of 
dates on the strength of that angle. 

Fhilly Road Company 

The potency of giveaways was 
given impetus by the "Stop the 
Music" show. -Although an expen- 
sive layout ($18,000 -weekly for the 
Capitol), it's paid off tremendously 
with an opening week's take of 
$96,000 with a "film that got nega- 
tive reviews. The nearby Strand 
booked "Winner Take All," Aug. 
27, with entire show costing arou«d 
$10,000, and the Earle, Philadel- 
phia, which has been without stage- 
shows for two years, is dickering 
for "Music" to relight the house 
Aug. 27. House bookers are re- 



Week's Top Giveaway 

Bill Cullen, emcee of "Win- 
ner Take All" and "Hit the 
Jackpot," was married last 
week to Carol Ames, the CBS 
singer. 

One of Cullen's rivals in the 
giveaway sweepstakes, Todd 
Russell, of "Strike It Rich," 
drove 140 miles in to N. Y. to 
be best man — and to give the 
bride away. 



ported so intent on getting "Mu- 
sic" for its preem show, that they 
will not reopen unless they can 
come to terms for that show.- 

Version to play Philadelphia 
will be a road company. Original 
cast with Bert Parks, Harry Salt- 
er's band, Hay Armen and Dick- 
Brown, cannot go too far- from 
New York because of the necessity 
of beiny in N. Y. Sunday evening. 
Parks and Salter have other radio 
commitments as well. Personnel of 
the road show "Music" hasn't been 
set as yet. But Music Corp. of 
America, booking the package, Is 
happy none the less, as it gives 
them a chance to set a band, now 
tough to sell in theatres, as veil as 
a pair of fingers and accompany- 
ing acts. 

Dates are also being lined up 
for that outfit in fairs. Although 
the original cast may play several 
days at- the Reading (Pa.) Bicen- 
tennial, dates at outlying fairs are 
being readied for the substitute 
outfit. 

Howe\er, one booker,' Sidney 
Piermont, Loew talent buyer, has 
Warned that the giveaways better 
have entertainment values as well 
as a sizable amount of free mer- 
chandise and cash. If layout is 
sufficiently entertaining there will 
be no squawks from the customers 
even if they don't win, since they 
got their money's worth by the 
show. If there isn't sufficient 
amusement value, those not get- 
ting some of the loot will feel 
gypp«d. 

Where the giveaway craze will 
end is anybody's guess. Nabe film- 
ers, when product was bad and 
patronage low, used to make their 
customers happy with dishes. 
Crockery will be too piddling once 
the expensive swag gets general 
theatre distribution. It's also re- 
called that radio studio audiences 
used to be ecstatic over a $64 ques- 
tion. That's peanuts today. 

The prizes keep getting bigger, 
with loot all the way up to $20,000 
or more.' The limit is not yet in 
sight. 



ASCAP Council 



Continued from page 1 



tions front, embracing legalities, 
management and general direction. 

Patterson has the lead over a 
couple of other candidates ad- 
vanced by the film attorneys prom- 
inent in ASCAP affairs, since the 
Paramount, Warner. Bros., Metro 
and 20th-Fox film picture interests 
have important ties to the music 
business. Other nominations are 
the Root, Clark, Buckner & Ballan- 
tine firm; the Cravath, deGers- 
dorff, Swaine & Wood law firm; 
and also Simpson, Thacher & 
Bartlett, all high up in legal 
circles. 

ASCAP's need for special influ- 
ential counsel, long a moot point 
within the organization, was 
dramatized by the recently adverse 
decision by Judge Vincent L. Lei- 
bell wherein he ruled for the In- 
dependent Theatre Owners of 
America in the seat-tax issue. (See 
story in the Music dept. on another 
aspect thereof), > „ 



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Boycott of British Films, Because 
Of Palestine, Spreading in the U 



Met Shutdown Purely Real Estate 
Deal to Get Out From Under? 



By ARTHUR BRONSON 

A week after N. YVs Metropolitan 
Opera Assn. tossed out its bomb- 
shell announcement that it was 
cancelling its 1948-49 season due 
to deficits and union trouble, it 
looked to the trade that the close- 
down would stick. 

Despite recurrent rumors that 
the statement was a blind or a 
trial balloon; that it was a pitch 
for public funds; that the Met 
would still open on schedule "in 
October, or. at least have a cur- 
tailed season starting in January — 
the Met's board seemed likely to 
go through with its decision. That 
is, unless there was stronger pres- 
sure, or a greater public outcry, 
than the polite protests made by 
the interested parties, or in the 
press, to date. 

There have been scurryings 
about of artists on the Met roster, 
and by their managers, as well as 
other parties involved. The mu- 
sicians union, fingerpointed as the 
chief culprit because it asked for a 
wage raise after two years, then 
(Continued on page 50) 



First Olympic Pro 

Chicago, Aug. 10. 

First Olympic winner to turn pro 
is Mrs. Vicki Draves, swimming 
star, who will make her debut in a 
show, "Rhapsody in Swingtime," in 
Soldiers' Field here starting Aug. 
29. Crosby Productions pacted the 
mermaid. 

Show will be for the benefit of 
the Illinois Police Assn. ' 



Ohio Showboat Does Boff 
Biz as Prof Uses Steamer 
For College Thesis Work 

East Liverpool, O., Aug. 10. . 
The steamer Majestic, believed 
the only floating showboat in the 
U. S., which has been presenting 
programs at various ports on the 
Ohio River, has shown a steady 
profit since the first month (June) 
and 24 of the last 25 performances 
in July have been sellouts. This 
is reported by Prof. G. Harry 
Wright, of Kent State Univ., man- 
ager and co-director, with Prof. 
Robert Pearce of - Hiram College, 
of the plays and vaudeville pro- 
grams. 

Prof. Wright is writing his doc- 
tor's thesis on the showboat era 
of theatre business, and is' making 
the Majestic's schedule conform 
to his research. The cast is made 
up of a group of speech students 
from Kent and Hiram, who will 
receive credit for 15 college hours 
for their work on the Majestic 
this summer. Nearly every student 
(Continued on page 55) 

Kenny Foundation Asks 
Ban on Fake Exhibits 

New Haven, Aug. 10. 
The Sister Kenny Foundation, 
for relief of polio, has issued a 
warning to carnival and circus op- 
erators not to book phony exhibits 
under guise of being sponsored by 
the foundation. Warning came as a 
result of arrest of a carnival op- 
erator at Savin Rock, Conn., for 
showing an iron lung under foun- 
dation sponsorship tag. Tray for 
contributions was beside the ap- 
paratus. 

Organization spokesman stated 
the SKF does not sponsor such 
exhibits. 



ABCs$UW 
OG Amateur Hr.; 
Also Com! on TV 



Biggest spurt of selling around 
the webs in recent weeks has just 
been achieved by ABC, with the 
wrap up of Old' Gold bankrolling 
for a full-hour Wednesday night 
"Original Amateur Hour," hiking 
gross time billings inked by the 
web in the last two weeks to 
$3,524,000. 

OG, which already picks up the 
tab on two quarter-hour segments 
of "Stop the Music," at the same 
time bought the video version of 
Amateur Hour" on the DuMont 
network. Plans call for airing of 
the stanza over at least nine TV 
stations, some serviced via Du- 
Mont's Teletranscription film. Deal 
makes QG the first sponsor of a 
regularly aired coast-to-coast tele 
show, one or more of the sched- 
uled outlets being on the Coast. 

"Hour," produced by the same 
staff which did the show for the 
late Major Bowes for. 14 years — 
present packager is Lou Goldberg 
•will be carried by 173 ABC sta- 
tions at a gross time cost of 
$1,300,000. Stanza gets the 8-9 
p.m. Wednesday segment and the 
(Continued on page 53) 



DOWNBEAT TALK 
HURTING AT 8.0. 

By HERB GOLDEN 

, Those screams of "Murder!" that 
have sounded through the film in- 
dustry this summer on the status 
of the b.o. are more than some- 
what exaggerations of this situa- 
tion. That is clear from a careful 
company - by - company survey on 
film and theatre grosses during the 
past week. 

At least one distrib is actually 
ahead of a year ago on rentals, two 
others are even with 1947, and the 
rest are admittedly behind. Like- 
wise, major and indie theatre cir- 
cuits are trailing their last year's 
records. But the declines, ifhen it 
comes to actual statistics, are rela- 
tively minor and not to be unex- 
pected in comparison with postwar 
boom years. Grosses are still 50% 
or more better than pre-war and, 
fiscal officers of the companies ad- 
mit, far from a reason for the free 
use recently made of the crying 
towel routine. 

Beefs on the state of the box- 
office, started by certain industry 
leaders themselves, may have 
turned into a boomerang that has 
actually hurt business, in the opin- 
ion of astute observers. The "we're- 
so-bad-off" technique was insti- 
tuted by several company toppers 
as a means of impressing their 
(Continued on page 46) 



NEW LOOK IN SHOW BIZ; 
CHORINES ON HOSSBACK 

Hollywood, Aug. 10. 

Galloping thisaway, but not on 
the screen, comes a new equestrian 
show, 'Horsecapades," described 
as a musical extravaganza on 
horseback, to be produced by 
Mark T. Smith with beautiful gals 
on beautiful steeds, it says here, 
for 90 minutes of entertainment. 

"Horsecapades" makes its bow 
Aug. 21 at the San Joaquin Coun- 
ty 0 Fair, Stockton, Cal., Jerry 
Colonna rides his trick horse and 
emcees the opener. Show then 
goes into ball parks, football stadi- 
ums and indoor arenas across the 
country. Smith, internationally 
known as a horse trainer, will 
function as ringmaster. Asso- 
| (Continued on page 55) 



EVEN WITH GAMBLING, 
SARATOGA SEASON NSG 

Saratoga, Aug. 10. 
Lifting of the gambling lid at the 
resort has accelerated trade to 
some extent, but not enough to get 
the nitery operators out of their 
pessimistic moocl. Niteries have 
been playing to sparse crowds 
despite the openings of the casinos. 
The cafes are still running in the 
red and indications are that it may 
be impossible to put the season on 
the black side of the ledger. 

The local politicos permitted the 
games to reopen Wednesday (4), 
but it was the type of okay that 
still has the boys in the back rooms 
a bit shaky. Okay didn't stem from 
Albany where it really counts, and 
if the politicos from the state capi- 
tal give an adverse word, state 
(Continued on page 53) 



Paris Creations With 

A Singing Com'I Lift 

Paris, Aug. 10. 

Paris couturiers, long noted for 
their showmanship, have added a 
wrinkle via a glorified singing 
commercial. This occurred twice at 
the Jacques Fath opening when, 
for a wedding gown, the manne- 
quin was -serenaded, during her 
parade, with Gounod's "Ave 
Maria." Another wedding dress, 
later in the fashion show, was 
themed by Schubert's "Serenade." 

For fashion scouts : skirts a little 
shorter, but not much modification 
of the "new look"; and they are 
tight around the legs. 



Jolson's London Yen 

Hollywood, Aug. 10. 

Al Jolson has that London yen, 
too, now that Danny Kaye, Sophie 
Tucker, Harry Richman, the An- 
drews Sisters, Jack Benny, et al. 
have clicked so resoundingly. 

Jolson may hop to London in 
October for four weeks at the 
Palladium. His idea is to take four 
acts with him and go over as a unit. 



Coast Air Shows 
Seen in N.Y. Shift 
For Tele Spread 

Strictly as an offshoot of televi- 
sion and the bid to "wrap up top air 
stars for a two-way AM and TV 
spread, New York's preeminence 
as an originating point for radio 
shows may be reestablished. 

As far as the major comedy show 
personalities, are concerned, it's 
been strictly Hollywood's "baby" 
for some years. But with Man- 
hattan destined to remain the key 
production center of television, at 
least until coast-to-coast Coaxial 
programming becomes a reality 
(perhaps in '51 or *52), more and 
more of the bigtime stars and air 
properties are expected to fall in 
with an L. A.-to-N. Y. trend as they 
set their sights on the video 
medium. .And by the '51-'52 era of 
transcontinental TV networks, . it's 
anticipated that New York • will 
have firmly entrenched itself as the 
No. r.TV production center and 
retain its hold on the top artists. 

For years Amos 'n' Andy have 
been entrenched on the Coast, but 
when their Lever Bros, contract 
expires next year and they move in 
on their projected two-way radio- 
tele ride, they plan the eastward 
(Continued on page 55) 



HOME STATE TALENT 
ROUNDUP FOR PENNA. 

Department of Commerce of 
the State of Pennsylvania is round- 
ing up stars from all theatrical 
fields who were born in that state, 
to participate in a "Pennsylvania 
Week" celebration, Sept. 27-Oct. 1. 
Idea is to stage three' gigantic 
shows at the Auditorium, Harris- 
burg; Mosque, Pittsburgh, and 
Convention Hall, Philadelphia, as 
part of the week's fiesta. 

Fred Waring is chairman of the 
task of rounding up the home- 
staters, who are scattered through- 
out the country. Nelson Eddy, 
Adolphe Menjou, Tommy and Jim- 
my Dorsey are only a few of the 
long list of names being sought. 



The boycott -against British films, 
initiated by the radical wing of the 
Zior-«»t movement, has become 
highly effective in New York and 
now shows signs of spreading to 
other cities. The next stop may be 
Boston where J. Arthur Rank's 
"Hamlet" is slated for its U, S. 
preem this month. Sons of Liberty 
Boycott Committee, organization 
sponsoring the drive against Brit- 
ish imports, is attempting to ar- 
range a picket line around the As- 
tor theatre there on the opening 
night. r; 

The boycott's bite has. been felt 
in a number of metropolitan cen- 
ters and is one factor in again 
driving down total revenues on 
Anglo, plx to approximately $35,- 
000 weekly. Following settlement 
of the Anglo-American tax difficul- 
ties, British films had rallied in 
the U. S. to the point where they 
were garnering some $55,000 week- 
ly. High point reached was early 
last year when Rank's pix alone 
were doing $100,000 weekly. 

Resistance in New York has 
grown so strong that for the first 
time a boycott against an Ameri- 
(Continued on page 55) ' • • 

Canadian-Made Film 
About YD a Bbxoffice 
Phenomenon in Toronto 

Toronto, Aug. 10. 
Current film phenomenon Is 
"Sins of the Fathers," now in its 
second week, with the Royal Alex- 
andra the only house in town en- 
joying four-block-long lineups for 
thrice-dally performances of a 
made-in-Canada feature dealing 
with the perils of venereal 'disease. 
This type of picture moves in cy- 
cles and currently it's the afore- 
said, made in 11 days of shooting 
at a cost of only $98,000 by "Larry 
£ ro «» en ' producer of Canadian 
Motion Picture Productions, and 
being distributed by Paul May- 
nard, 

Apart from boxoffice reception, 
with capacity at all times to date 
for the segregated audiences— 
twice for women and once for men 
daily:— startling fact is that "Sins" 
is literally bowling over the cus- 
tomers to extent that six registered 
( Contin ued on page 55) x , 

Patrons Hoofijng Barefoot 
In Kansas City Nitery 

at» . Kansas City, Aug. 10. 
• N t i west f ad among nitery patrons 
in this area is barefoot dancing, 
reaching a peak in the Ozark re- 
n 0 i£ Sfj? atr y- Key figures in the 
22! ^ ad arc ^ve and June Rob- 
erts, former vaude team who dicfa 
barefoot routine in clubs and the- 
atres more than a decade ago. 

Couple y as booked into the 

utlf^T^ 12 years a ®>. and 
« S • <T e countr y so well they set- 
tled there In 1942 they bought 
lh e 0 * a »* **dge, and now operate 
the Barefoot Night Club. Floor 
is covered with eedar sawdust. 



picrvass 



Wednesday; Angnet 11, 1948 



Parisians Flock to Eiviera to Beat 
Heat; Cannes Has Stars, No Festival 



— 



Paris, Aug. 3. 
** Following a winterisb. season, 
which brought wood fires to Paris 
drawing rooms in July, the tem- 
perature is now hitting 95 de- 
grees. The sudden heat wave 
makes everybody anxious to get 
away to the Riviera or oilier sea 
resorts 

Tourists are still arriving in 
droves but not staying here long. 
The Bob Considines stayed just 
two days on their way to London 
while Hildegarde is rushing to the 
Biviera and Rome after a brief 
week in Paris. Since the fine 
weather arrived so late, Deauville 
missed much patronage and ' the 
Riviera was the heavy scorer. Lat- 
ter spot is where Broadway and 
Hollywood visitors are parking 
now, with Biarritz hoping to catch 
some of them later on. • i 

Nudity is the current craze on 
the Riviera, with nude midnight 
bathing parties off Cannes. 

Gendarmes have nothing to say 
about the "prettiest legs" com- 
petition at Maxim's, in Juan les 
Pins, where the girls, wearing 
masks and the equivalent of tops 
of pajamas, appear in public. So 
they don't exactly fear the offi- 
cials. 

Last year Cannes had a festival 
and no stars. This year, it has no 
festival but stars galore. Latter, 
however, are getting tired of be- 
ing a tourist attraction and are 
seeking some seclusion, like the 
Duke of Windsor, who complains 
there are too many interlopers 
around. 

Alberto Dodero, Argentine mil- 
< Continued on page IS) 

& Bas^H's MB.O. 
Hurting the Lesser Exhibs 



Minneapolis, Aug. 10. 

Film exchanges here report that 
with night baseball springing up 
even in the territory's smaller 
towns the small -town exhibitors 
are being badly hurt and request- 
ing summer film rental adjust- 
ments on an increasing scale. 

League and independent bail 
clubs, in towns of 2,000 and up, 
have been installing lighting sys- 
tems in enclosed ball parks and 
improving old systems as welt as 
expanding their night baseball pro- 
grams to as many as four or more 
nights a week, it's pointed out. 

Local branch managers realize 
that the night baseball is much 
worse competition" for" the show- 
houses in the small towns than it 
is in the cities because of the limi- 
ted population that amusements 
have to draw on in the smaller 
communities. 

. A typical example cited is that 
of Delano, Minn., population 3.000, 
where there's night baseball as 
often as four nights a week and' 
where a Monday night game be- 
tween the home team and House 
of David grossed $600. 



Metroites m the lam; 
Schary, Tracy, Stroking, 
DietzltY.-LA. and tain 

While Metro sales veepee Bill 
Rodgers was conducting a student 
salesmen and other merchandizing 
seminar at the Hotel Aston N. Y., 

■ on Monday <9), Do re Schary met 
; the homeoffice executives at an 
tinner-circle luncheon in the 
; Loew's private dining room. Schary 
I new production chief at the studio 
•'(second only to Louis B. Mayer), 
! arrived in New York on Sunday 
, to meet executive associates and 
, returns today (Wed.). 
1 Spencer Tracy, Howard Striek- 
! ling and Clark Gable get in tomor- 
) row (Thurs.) from several 
J months in< London, where 
i Tracy made "Edward My Son." 
: Loew's pub-ad veepee Howard 
j Ditz clippers to ' London, Satur- 
day (14>, but is purposely staying 

! over until Strickling, who set up 
j a new London studio p.ub-ad opera- 
tion, returned. They will huddle 
; intensively until Strickling pulls 
i out for the Coast on Friday. Gable 
; was vacationing. 

Can. Clergy See 
Evil in 'Summer 

Toronto, Aug. 10. 
Charges that "evil and per- 
I nicious scenes" have been allowed 
to remain in "Summer Holiday" 
• <M-G) after a Canadian clergy pre- 
, j view audience was promised that 
i such scenes would he scissored, 

■ has O. J. Silverthorne. censor 
board chairman, on the spot. In 

i an editorial in > the Canadian 
■United Church, Protestant month- 
| ly periodica}, Silvertborne is casti- 
gated for a "Double-Cross" for 
! omitting deletions that were 
I asked by Protestant clergy pre- 
viewers and Father Paul McGrath, 
I head of the Catholic Legion of De- 
cency in. Canada. Silverthorne 
claims in rebuttal that he made the 
deletions agreed upon. 

"Summer Holiday" cuts, asked 
for by the religious censors, in- 
cluded the Fourth of July beer- 
drinking contest and the "make" 
scene with the juvenile in the 
Tavern. United Church Observer 
editorial claims these sequences 
weren't deleted and that customer 
complaints are coming into church 
authorities. that Silverthorne 
"broke his promise." 




320th Week! 

KEN MURRAY'S 

"BLACKOUTS OF 1948 ' 
El Capitan Theatre, Hollywood, Cal. 

All-time lotifr run record in the 
legitimate theatre. 

"BILL AM) COO" 

Now in National HcJeax* 



Cong. Hoffman 
Airs Rx Views 



Washington, Aug. 10. 

Congress heard another plea for 
'cleaner and more amusing pic- 
tures" last week — from extreme 
right-wing Congressman Clare 
Hoffman (R., Mich.). "If the indus- 
try would only, wake up and realize 
that this is* what the movie-going 
public wants," Hoffman said, "box- 
office receipts„would zoom," 

Occasion for the speech was 
Hoffman's inserting in the Congres- 
sional Record an article on Erie 
Johnston by Roy Norr in the Au- 
gust issue of Salute. The article, 
entitled "The Man in Hollywood's 
Hottest Seat," lauds Johnston as 
typical of the "new blood" needed 
to improve Hollywood's films, but 
declares that he is "now shaky on 
his throne." 

~ Villains of the Norr piece are a 
'few counting-house showmen, 
without training, taste or tradition 
in the arts," who Norr declares 
have a stranglehold on film-mak- 
ing. * 

Hoffman quoted a "prominent 
(Continued on page 16) 



Studios Rush Slapstick Pix In 
Heavy Trend to Bellylaff Grosses 



► By WHITNEY WILLIAMS 

| Hollywood, Aug. 10. 

I Hollywood, is in the midst of 
j the biggest furious-comedy cycle 
j since the days of screwball fun-. 
. _ ;fests seven or eight years ago. 

Fur Foreign Into Setuo K * n stem * £rom tne s "<i<i< "iy- 

Washington, Aug. 10. ' producers that if boxoffice is to 
. President Truman on Monday j be revitalized comedies will do 
(9) named the members of the the trick, and the more slapstick 



Pres. Tramaii 
5-Man Advisory Board 



five-man advisory commission set 
up under the Smith-Mundt act to 



and farcical the material the long- 
er lines outside the boxoffice. Ed- 



advise the State Department on its ward Small's "The Fuller Brush 
foreign information program, in- Man" ^ typical of the trend. "Ab- 
cluding radio, pix, newsreels, and Costello Meet Franken- 

pubii cations; stein" is another. 

Chairman will be Mark Eth- , Slapstick Rules Lots 

ridge, publisher of the Louisville j Result is that at least one of 
Journal. Members include NAB ;• these wild-eyed vehicles is on 
president Justin Miller, General . every sche dule, with some lots 
Electric chairman Phtlip D. fteed, I dipping more into tlle 

Christian Science Monitor Editor j lopper lor more than one. 
Erwin D, Canbam. and Mark A \ Already completed, and fitting 
May. Director of the Yale Institute neatIy in{o ^ current trend are 
of Human Relations. • ,.j uUa Misbehaves" (Garson and 

The five members, who will Pid g eon) at Metro; Bob Hopes 
serve as interim appointees since „ The Paleface at Paramount, 
senate ; confirmation is required un- wjth ffi Crosb y s «> A Connecti- 
der the law, will advise Assistant . Yankee >t Ki Arthur>s 
S^retary of SUte George V ^ whUe ^ sla * stick , stm 

Pres. Truman was much cnt azed ., d heUy _ variety comed .. The 
for his delay in naming the board ; Mini „„ c „ ' ola „ 



i Tatlock Millions," also at Para-, 
mount. 



Jack Warner, Jr.'s Spot 
In London for a Year 

With its Burbank lot currently 
humming with some six films in 
work, Warners is also considering 
a step-up in foreign picture-mak- 
ing. Studio's production veepee, 
Jack L. Warner, has been abroad 
for some time, studying the situa- 
tion, while his son. Jack M. 
Warner, sailed from New York 
Friday (6) on the Queen Elizabeth 
for huddles with his father in 
Britain on the same subject. 

Tins younger Warner, it's under- 
stood, will be away about a year 
and will act in the nature of a 
liaison chief between the company's 
production staffs in Britain and its 
top staffers in New York and Hol- 
lywood. Firm's Teddington studio 
(Continued on page 47) 



RKO COMPLETES FIRST 
j PRO-INDUSTRY SHORT 

j Initial one-reeler to plug the film 
| industry under the joint auspices 
j of the Motion Picture Assn. of 
America and Academy of Motion 
Picture Arts & Sciences has been 
completed by RKO. Film is now 
being cut but will not be released 
until MPAA gets the full approval 
of such exhib organizations as Na- 
tional Allied States and the Thea- 
i ire Owners of America. Grant 
I Leenbouts is handling the series 
| of industry-boosters for MP A A. 
j Titled "Let's Go to the Movies," 
i screenplay by Carl Foreman for 
! the kickoff short analyzes relation- 
ship between Hollywood and the 
' rest of U. S. economy. Pic breaks 
| down the boxoffice dollar into the 
following channels: 41c. remaining 
1 in neighborhoods for theatre op- 
j erating expenses; 10c. for distribu- 
' tion costs, 14c. for production costs, 
; 25c. for Government taxes, and 
1 10c. for profit 
■ ■jBBssaa iwppw— — — « 



members— the act authorizing the 

board passed congress in January. ; ' Wamers has .-r wo Gl)ys from 

j Texas" iDennis Morgan and Jack 
Carson) which qualifies for this 
classification. Of higher - order 
comedy, Leo McCarey's "Good 
Sam." which RKO will release, is 
a classy affair, and Universal's 
"Mr. Pcabody and the Mermaid," 
produced by Nunnaily - Johnson, 
iContiniled on page 24) 



Brit. Pix Talent 
Beef at US. Influx 



London, Aug. 10. ■ 
Left on the shelf by their ex- 
clusion from the official and semi- ■ 
official bodies that have been set 
up to guide British production, 200 
film artist members of British Ac- 
tors Equity, including many top- 
line stars, attended a mass pro- 
test meeting in London Saturday 
(7) and launched a barrage against 
American topliners who are sched- ' 
uled to work in British studios. 



Gripe in Israel With 
Show Business Active 



Keaton's Paris Circus 
Booking for 6 Weeks 

Hollywood, Aug. 10. 

Ready for signing is a deal call- 
ing for Buster Keaton to star at 
the Medrano " Circus in Paris for 
six weeks in late autumn. 

Keaton played there last fall and 
was slated for a return engage- 
ment early this year but the deal 
was postponed because of a writ- 
ing commitment at Metro. 



Too Much Civic Virtue 

Paramount homeoffice em- 
ployes are going nuts — almost 
literally — from the constant 
din of giant loudspeakers in 
Times square plugging various 
charities and civic events. The 
haranguing by the announcer, 
singing by guest stars and al- 
leged entertainment for pas- 
sersby has had such an unnerv- 
ing effect on the Par staff and 
so lowered efficiency that com- 
pany execs are considering 
carrying a plea to the city for 
a halt. 

Initial campaign for which 
the gargantuan amplifying set- 
up was used was one staged by 
the film industry — so Par was 
in no position to put up a 
squawk. It was the United Na- 
tions Appeal for Children. Last 
week it was an effort to sell 
tickets to the city's Golden 
Jubilee Air Show at the new 
International Airport. The 
sound comes wafting into open 
Paramount building windows 
in such strength that it is fre- 
quently impossible even to 
hear on a telephone. 



Tel Aviv, July 30. 
Showmen in Palestine aren't 
griping about business. They 
a u^"TTJ. r A^ I have plenty of it despite air raids. 
Opening the barrage, Gordon st --f A sh is ne electric short- 
Sandison, Equity general secretary, | "£f el ngm,ne ma eJetluc haon 
said artists were well aware of the j age ^at th t _ ic 

dangers, as well as the possibilities, ! Wnat they want me new p,c 
of the Anglo-U. S. agreement, and ' 
proceeded to criticize the Korda- 



Selznick agreement under which 
films will be made here with 



dues. For nearly three months, 
not a single print has been de- 
livered in Jewish Palestine due 
to the waterfront blockade and 



frozen coin, using American stars ' elTa f ,c wr schedules. Their back- 
but British technicians. ! lo « 18 quickly diminishing and the 
Sandison contended that owing j Jewish Army is pressing for sol- 
to their exclusion from Harold d,er shows as welL 
Wilson's Advisory Committee, ac- Outside of Jerusalem, where 
tors were unable to press for the I m °st of the cinemas are closed 
same safeguards as technicians and ; due to the fighting, Tel Aviv and 
others engaged in production of 1 Haifa are the major centers of cin- 
British films. ~ : ema biz. The two coastal metro- 
Quoting a Variety story on the i polises share 11 permanent houses 
use of frozen dollars. Derrick de : and the villages and settlements 
Marney declared they mustn't al- have 30 more. 



low Hollywood or the Board of 
Trade to ship in any number of 
Hollywood stars just to make the 
film agreement work. 

Dame Edith Evans, who is now 



The Israeli Army. has established 
a "USO" which tours the front- 
j (Continued on page 20) 



«M"»tU CMailD, WHO IS BOW (It f) If t Al 1 P 

working on her second pix produc- LOiil 06116 Uka¥€{! rOr 

(Continued on page 47) ' 

nuiHiM inrcrwrcuujiw I' Only Downtown Memphis 
BERLIN, LIKE GERSHWIN, Memphis. a us 10 

GOES IN FOR PAINTING VTSNF» ^ 

U *" 1VI% ln, """ U ;week Lloyd T. Binford. Memphis' 
Irving Berlin is emulating anoth- : baffling censor czar, has token the 
er American songsmith, (the late) 'play away from the gals. 
George Gershwin, in possibly be-j After putting the "Binfordized 
coming a successful painter as well, blasteroo" on Columbia's "Lulu 
Berlin took up the painting, hobby Belle" here last month, the Mem- 



in Bermuda on his recent month's 
holiday there with his family, fol- 
lowing an arduous exploitation 
trek in connection with the release 



pbis censor chairman finally gave 
the pic the green light to open 
at the local Malco Aug. 12. In 
reconsidering his banning of the 
of his current "Easter Parade" i Columbia pic, starring Dorothy La- 
( Metro), and discovered that his mour, Binford said: "The picture- 
idling may perhaps produce realis- j can play here in Memphis at only 
tic results. Intimates of the song- j downtown theatres and not neigh- 
sraith point to three canvasses Ber- ; borhood houses where children can 
lin brought back from the island j see it." 

retreat which indicate he pos- Binford continued by saying, 
sesses an heretofore unsuspected "the objectionable scenes of the 
talent. picture have been deleted and I 

The Gershwin analogy continues j believe it is worthwhile now for 
its direct parallel in that one day our Memphis audience only in the 
(Continued on page 46) I downtown area," he emphasized. 



WALL STREET'S 
MOST WIDELY READ 
FINANCIAL WRITER 



Journal- American's Leslie Gouli 
Scores 88% Readership Among 
* top-Ranking Executives. 

Recent "Financial World" independent 
survey places Journal- American editor 
tops in New York. 42 of every 100 
families who buy a metropolitan N. V. 
evening paper read the J-A. Among 
'ij^Jthem is this dominant Wall St. audience. 



NEW YORK 

JOURNAL- 
AMERICAN 



Wednesday, August 11, 1948 



PICTURES 



U. S. EXECS FOREIGN INVASION' 



lingers Ankling From DA Spurs Exec 
Reshuffle To Speed Pix Liquidation 



Realignment of execs in United* 
Artists' sales organization this week 
is aimed at speeding up liquidation 
of films. While that is not viewed 
by prexy Grad Sears and the board 
of directors as a cure-all, it is 
hoped that, in large measure, it 
will solve the company's two major 
problems currently: 

1. Frequent weeks in the red, 
when overhead and the cost of 
operating the organization has ex- 
ceeded income; and 

2. Uncertainties on availability 
to the company of indie product 
for distribution. ' „ 

Major change this week was the 
resignation, after two and one-half 
years in the post, of Joseph J. 
Unger as general sales manager. 
With no successor to be named to 
Unger, plan is for Sears himself 
and for Paul N. Lazarus, Jr., his 
executive assistant, to take a more 
active and direct hand in selling 
films. Result is expected to be con- 
siderable added pressure on the 
sales organization to clear the 
bottlenecks and get dates for pic- 
tures. 

Unger's resignation was fore- 
shadowed by Lazarus' promotion 
from advertising and publicity di- 
rector little more than a month 
(Continued on page 22) 

Legion of Decency Gives 
Its Part Okay To 'Outlaw' 
For 'Adults Only' Class 

Howard Hughes has reportedly 
'succeeded, through an intermed- 
iary in New York, to have the 
Legion of Decency take his "Out- 
law" off its condemned list and 
move it up into the "B" (for adults 
only) classification. Move is said to 
be preliminary to the Motion Pic- 
ture Assn. of America granting the 
long-embattled Jane Russell-star- 
rer a Production Code Administra- 
tion seal. 

Hughes is understood to be mak- 
ing certain deletions in the film to 
meet the objections of the Cath- 
olic agency. HeUl probably have to 
change certain of his advertising, 
too. since it was his refusal to 
abide by MPAA rules on ads that 
led to the revocation of the "Out- 
law" seal. 

Producer's new industry position 
as controlling stockholder of RKO 
is undoubtedly tied up with his 
willingness, never before expressed, 
to make the changes necessary for 
Legion and MPAA approval of the 
film, which he made independently 
for distribution by United Artists. 

, Pic has done phenomenal biz 
wherever .it has played, but it has 
suffered in income because of in- 
ability to get more than scattered 
dates. Lack of a PCA seal pre- 
cluded the major companies from 
booking the pic and many indies 
feared it because of local objection 
from Catholic organizations. 

Merrill Gay Makes 4th 
U.S. Film Aide This Year 

Washington, Aug. 10. 

The State Department got a new 
film expert last week — its fourth 
this year. Picked to fill the post 
left vacant by W. T. M. Beale on 
Aug. 1 was Merrill C. Gay, a mem- 
ber of the Department's Commer- 
' cial Policy Division since 1943. 
Gay, who headed two negotiating 
teams at the Geneva trade confer- 
ence last year, has had occasional 
film experience since joining the. 
Department. 

A former economics instructor at 
the University of Illinois, Michigan 
State and Maryland, Gay worked 
on international financial problems 
for the Treasury from 1941 to 1943, 
then transferred to State. 

George Canty, filled the State 
Dept. job for four years, left at 
the end of January for a new post 
in Berne. He was followed in rapid- 
fire order by R. Horton Henry, 
Beale, and now Gay. 



Stock's July Skid 

Amusement stocks in July con- 
tinued their retreat from the year's 
high in May along with the general 
level of heavy industry and luxury 
holdings. Total price quotes on all 
amusement stocks listed on the 
N. Y. stock exchange slid $53,505,- 
624, settling to an overall valuation 
c# $673,858,685 by July 30. Among 
the stocks on the big board are the 
seven major film companies (all 
except United Artists), the big ra- 
dio nets and disk outfits. 

Average price of amusement 
stock was $15.63 per share on July 
30. Closeout price in June was 
$17.10 while May's average was 
$18.39. 





EL Proves Prod. 
Can Bring Costs 
Down, Up Profit 

Tackling the production cost 
problem which is proving the in- 
dustry's toughest nut to crack, 
Eagle Lion in the past year has 
brought down its average per-pic- 
ture outlay to $500,000 from a high 
which averaged over $1,100,000. 
The big job swung under the sup- 
ervision of Arthur Krim, EL's 
prexy who iook over studio chores 
in June, 1947, has meant the dif- 
ference between losing operations 
and an advance into the profit 
margin. Company execs empha- 
size the trick was turned in con- 
junction with a strengthening of 
the films' b.o. exploitability. 

While EL suffered sizeable losses 
in a number of pix made in its 
(Continued on page 22) 



In the most dramatic move yet 
made by the film industry to settle 
its overseas problems, 14 top execs 
of the major companies will make 
a mass flight to London and Paris 
next Tuesday (17). Blueprint of 
the procedure to be followed when 
they arrive abroad will be 'plotted 
at a hurriedly called secret session 
of the 14 at headquarters of the 
Motion Picture Assn. of America 
in New York tomorrow (Thurs- 
day). 

Startling action is a take-the- 
bull-by-the-horris movement for 
personal contact with J. Arthur 
Rank and the French foreign min- 
istry in an effort to clear up, on an 
across-the-table basis, problems 
that might otherwise fester into an 
incurable boil. U.S. industryites 
have certain ideas on countering 
British restrictions on their prod- 
uct and feel they can considerably 
Clear the air with some man-to- 
man talks. 

A special subcommittee of four — 
three company toppers, plus MPAA 
prexy Eric Johnston— will be 
named tomorrow to call on Rank 
when the party arrives in London. 
Small group will beTJart T>f the 14 
execs making the trip via TWA 
next Tuesday. 

One of two plans to meet the 
British restrictions will be laid be- 
(Continued on page 18) 



Bankers Trust VP. Sees Comeback 
T WEEK - ^ ^pendent Film Producer 
When Economic Conditions Improve 



WB's British Largesse 

London, Aug. 10. 

All Warner Bros, personnel in 
England, numbering 550 at the 
Teddington studios and the Warner 
theatre in London, were given a 
mid-year bonus last week. Un- 
disclosed amount of coin was div- 
vied on the basis of income over 
the last 12 month period. 

Bonus payment was arranged be- 
tween managing- director Arthur S. 
Abeles, Jr., and U. S. execs Jack 
L. Warner and Samuel Schneider 
during their recent visits to. Lon- 
don. 



LITTLE LIKELIHOOD OF 
GOP SLICING B.O. TAX 

Washington, Aug. 10. 

Faint hope is held here for a 
slice in admission taxes, despite a 
statement by Senator Eugene D. 
Millikin (R.-Colo), chairman of the 
Senate Finance Committee, that 
he's confident the next session -of 
Congress would- legislate cuts in 
existing excise taxes. Solon, how- 
ever, qualified his optimism by ad- 
mitting that any prospective reduc- 
tions hinged on whether a budget- 
ary surplus is in the offing. 

A scale-down . in excise bites 
would fit in with the GOP's avowed 
tax-reduction program, but Repub- 
licans privately admit that there 
won't be any slices especially in 
view of continued high-level mil- 
itary appropriations. Harold Knut- 
son (R.-Minn), chairman of the 
House Ways & Means Committee, 
also has gone on record as intimat- 
ing that one or two excise taxes 
might be cut. But he indicated the 
admission bite is far too lucrative 
to drop it. 



Sam Katz Talks 
Retiring From M-G 

Hollywood, Aug. 10. 

Sam Katz has been talking with 
Metro execsi. about retiring since 
returning from Chicago where he 
attended the funeral of his brother 
Harry Katz, prexy of Monarch 
Theatres. Katz, with the studio 
around 13 years, has been one of 
the top executives in charge of pro- 
duction. His retirement would not 
be effective until March. His cur- 
rent contract, which has about Wz 
years to run, includes provisions 
for bonuses. Under the Metro re- 
tirement plan, he's eligible to re- 
tire the beginning of next spring 
and understood his annual income 
from the retirement plan would be 
around $35,000 for life. 

It's also reported that, should | Rogers claimed that amount 
Katz arrive at a settlement of his', was due for services rendered dur- 
contract, he will have $1,000,000 j ing. four months ending July 10, 
(Continued on page 22) this year. 

National Boxoffice Survey 

Weather Tilts Biz: 'Largo,' 'Walls,' 'Life,' 'Island,' 
'Canon,' 'Parade,' 'Fuller,' 'Paradine' Pace Field 



D. Production 
Meet Decides On 
Accenting the As 

Hollywood, Aug. 10. 
Series of meetings being staged 
at Universal's studios this week, 
by company's production and dis- 
tribution toppers have apparently 
resolved in a compromise in the 
company's hunt for an answer to 
flagging- pix revenues. U's execs 
have decided on budget ceilings 
between $1,500,000 and $2,000,000 
per pic for upcoming "A" prod* 
uct. This indicates that William 
Goetz, U's- production chief, has 
won his point that the company 
should not* backslide into produc- 
ing a mixture Of A's and B's. 

A ' vociferous faction in U had 
been plugging for more B's, others 
proposed that U make six or more 
purely "exploitation" films yearly, 
not to exceed $500,000, while 
(Continued on page 22) 



FLACK WANTS DOUGH 

Los Angeles, Aug. 10. 
Peggy Ann Garner's salary at 
Eagle Lion was attached by the 
sheriff in a suit for $2,000 filed 
by Henry Rogers, press agent 



Bankers Trust Co., New York, 
one of the three most active banks 
in the country in indie production 
financing, hasn't even had a re- 
quest for a loan in almost three 
months. That was cited by Alex H. 
Ardrey, bank's v.p. in charge of 
ftftn financing, as indicative of the 
current status of indie production. 

Ardrey isn't . pessimistic, how- 
ever, about the future of the indie. 
"They're out to lunch at the mo- 
ment," he declared in New York 
Monday (?), "but they'll be. back. 
The elements that caused the in- 
flux into independent production 
three or four years ago have 
changed somewhat, but they're still 
basically present." 

High costs and the questionable 
status of the market have caused 
some of the solo filmmakers to 
seek shelter of the major lots, but 
when economic conditions come 
into better focus, Ardrey asserted, 
desire of many producers to get out 
of the studio mold will . again be 
felt. . 

Bank exec blamed the current 
production dearth on lack of second 
money, rather than on difficulty of 
the producers in getting coin from 
(Continued on page 20) 

Eddie Small Defines 
Indie Producers Into 
Two Basic Categories 

No upsurge in indie production 
is foreseen by Edward Small de- 
spite reports of some slight loosen- 
ing of bank and second-money fi- 
nancing coin. Producer, comment- 
ing just prior to his departure 
Monday (9) for the Coast after six 
weeks in New York, said he thought 
indie production would be limited 
to a small handful of men in the 
future. 

Small declared that the haz- 
ards -of independent filmmaking, 
(Continued on page 16) 



Latta Named Director 
Of ABPC; Milder's. Idea 

London, Aug. 10. 

At board meeting held here C. 
J. Latta was named managing di- 
rector of Associated British Pic- 
tures Corp. while D. J. Goodblatte 
was elected managing director of 
Associated British Circuit. Both 
appointments were made at the 
suggestion of the late Max Milder 
who previously held both posts. 

Formerly Warners' Albany zone 
manager, Latta went to England 
several months ago to supervise 
WB'S' theatre interests there after 
Milder resigned because of ill 
health. While WB has a close af- 
finity with ABPC, the British 
firm's chairman, Sir Philip War- 
ter, recently denied at a stock- 
holders' meeting that the U. S. 
company held a controlling inter- 
est. 



Continued cool weather in nu- 
merous keys is keeping biz at 
high pitch this session. Rain on 
several days paved way for un- 
seasonably mild temperature but 
was just what exhibitors wanted. 

"Key Largo" (WB> continues to 
pace the nation's boxoffice for sec- 
ond week in' succession, being far 
ahead of nearest' rival. Although 
only in a few playdates this stanza. 
Walls of Jericho" (20th) has be- 
come solid second place occupant. 
Only in Los Angeles is it not so big. 

Just starting around, "Time of 
Life" (UAi is showing enough 
strength to finish third, with a high 
batting average. "On Island With 
You" (M-G i also has moved higher 
to land fourth. 

"Canon City" (ELI, which has 
shown marked stamina in previous 
weeks, climbs up to fifth slot. Big 
in Bostoh, the semi-documentacy 
thriller of a Colorado prison break 
is standout in Cincinnati with a 
sock week in prospect. It just 
finished two weeks in L. A., and 
currently is solid to big in Mem- 
phis, Atlantic City, Portland, Ore.; 
Syracuse and Newark. 

Others in the Big 10 are closely 
bunched, being "Easter Parade" 
(M-G), "Fuller' Brush Man" (Col), 
"Paradine Case" (SRO), "Melody 



Time" (RKO> and . "So Evil My 
Love" (Par). "Parade," pace setter 
for weeks, now is mainly holdover 
or moveover, but, of course, still 
sock in most locations. Same 
holds true of "Emperor Waltz" 
(Par) which has played main first- 
run dates in keys covered by 
Variety. 

Best runners-up are "Return of 
Bad Man" (RKO), "Meet Franken- 
stein" (U), "Street No Name" (20th> 
and "Four Faces West" (UA). 

Aside from "Walls" and. "Life," 
"Date With Judy" (M-G) and "Ber 
yond Glory" (Par) look best of new 
pix. Former is tops in Seattle and 
great on initial Music Hall, N. Y„ 
week. "Glory" is giving N. Y. Par- 
amount a very big preem session. 
"Black Arr«v" (Col), also new, is 
1 fancy in Detroit. 

"Babe Ruth Story" (Mono) is 
holding nicely in second in N. Y. 
and Baltimore weeks. "All My 
Sons" (U) looks fine in Louisville. 
"Ruthless" (EL) shapes sturdy in 
K. C. 

"Gallant Legion" (Rep) is doing 
strongly in Louisville and neat in 
Cleve. "Bring 'Em Back Alive" 
(RKO), on reissue, shapes stout in 
Washington and Pitt. "Blandings" 
(SRO) looks solid in Buffalo. 

(Complete Boxoffice Reports on 
Page* 11-13.) 



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PICTURES 



Wednesday, August 11, 1945 



Skouras-Korda Talldng Outright 
Western Hemisphere Sales of Brit 
Pix to Achieve 'American-Owned' 



Strong possibility exists, it has 
teen learned, that Sir Alexander 
Korda and 20th-Fox will call off 
the deal they entered into last year 
for distribution by 20th in this 
country of 14 Korda Ijlms made in 
Britain. Instead of the company 
releasing the pix on a percentage 
arrangement, deal is cooking by 
which it may buy outright from the 
producer the western hemisphere 
rights. ; 

Only two films, "An Ideal Hus- 
band" and "Anna Karenina," have 
been delivered under the pact, with 
12 more to be given 20th for release 
by May 1, 1951. Korda and Spyros 
Skouras, 20th prexy, have been 
discussing the new arrangement 
via trans-Atlantic phone and cable 
find the new deal will very possibly 
start with the next film Korda is 
slated to deliver, "Bonnie Prince 
Charlie," David Niven-starrer which 
is now nearing completion. 

In the meantime, 20th has . al- 
ready bought outright two Korda 
pix not covered by the original 
contract. They are "Mine Own Ex- 
ecutioner," which it is about to put 
into release, and "Man About 
House." Opposition that has devel- 
oped among both exhibs and the 
public to British pix because of 
economic policies regarding the 
American industry and political 
policies regarding Palestine, has 
slowed distribution of the four 
Korda films 20th now has on hand. 
What effect this might have on 
ZOth's thinking regarding further 
films isn't known. 

Several Advantages 

Switchover from the present 
purely distribution arrangement to 
outright purchase of territorial 
rights is figured by both Korda and 
Skouras to be advantageous in 
light of present conditions. From 
Korda's standpoint, it would give 
Mm guaranteed income for his 
output in advance of production. 
He hasbeeri badly disappointed at 
the meager grosses garnered by 
"Husband" and "Karenina." Orig- 
inally promised- an advance by a 
U.S. bank of $1,000,000 for each of 
the. two films, conditions changed 
to such an extent as time went 
along that the eventual sum ad- 
vanced was $500,000 for a combo 
of both pix. 

As far as 20th is concerned, the 
new arrangement would have very 
definite advantages growing out of 
the Anglo-U.S. films agreement of 
last March. Fox would use its coin, 
frozen as a result of that pact, to 
buy western hemisphere rights. 
Under agreed-upon interpretations 
by U.S. distribs of the agreement, 
that makes the film "American- 
owned." 

U. S. income from "American- 
owned" pix goes entirely into the 
hands of the company distributing 
.it. On the other hand, under the 
original arrangement with Korda 
the films would be "British-owned." 
And the agreement provides that 
U.S. income from "British-owned" 
films goes into an American dollar 
pool to augment the $17,000,000 
yearly guaranteed by Britain from 
earnings of Hollywood product 
there. Money that goes into this 
pool is shared by all U. S. distribs 
in proportion to their British re- 
ceipts. 

Thus, under the outright buy- 
arrangement, 20th would get all 
its U.S. income in dollars, while 
under the old setup it would have 
to share these dollars with the 
other companies. 

Jefferson Circuit Maps 
Expansion Plan in Texas 

Beaumont, Texas, Aug. 10. 

Jefferson Amus. Co., Paramount- 
partnered circuit of 69 theatres, is 
planning an ambitious expansion 
policy »in Texas and other parts of 
the southwest, r Julius M. Gordon, 
prexy of the circuit, is currently in 
New York huddling with Para- 
mount theatre biggies on his ex- 
pansion proposals. 

Reportedly, there is a big ques-' 
tion to be straightened of how 
much circuit profits Gordon can 
Put into building operations and 
how much must come out in the 
form of dividends to Paramount 
and otter stockholders. 1 



ASCAP's Move 

With the retention of ex- 
Secretary of War Robert W. 
Patterson as its adviser on the 
deepest problem it has faced 
in years, ASCAP has begun a 
search for the direction it 
will head as a result of Judge 
Vincent Leibell's decision out- 
lawing the Society's collection 
of exhibition fees. 

Meanwhile, N. Y. independ- 
ent theatre exhibitors, who 
brought the suit vs. ASCAP, 
are reported prepping an ap- 
peal in an attempt to have the 
court fix financial damages. 
(Details in Music section.) 



Exhibs Groups Get 
Plenty Advice On 
ASCAP Pay Row 

Spotlighting the muddled waters 
which the decision of N. Y. Federal 
Judge Vincent L. Lelbell has 
stirred in tagging the American 
Society of Composers, Authors & 
Publishers an illegal combination, 
film industry theatre groups and 
circuits individually have embark- 
ed on widely divergent courses. 
With the ruling on the suit brought 
by a group led by circuit operator 
Harry Brandt less than one month 
old, confusion on a course to be 
followed by exhibs in paying (or 
hot paying) seat taxes to ASCAP 
is the outstanding symptom. 

Advice pouring in - a steady 
stream to exhibs from theatre orgs 
and legalites connected with these 
groups has ranged from a warn- 
ing to keep forking out the bite 
without letup through , all shades 
of opinion to equally strong ad- 
monitions to cease paying forth- 
with. Question of who pays what to 
whom is so muddled that local 
theatre units of both National Al- 
lied and the Theatre Owners of 
America are pursuing independent 
policies which differ from recom- 
mendations made by the two rival 
national groups. 

Having hailed the Leibell-ad- 
ministered shellacking to ASCAP 
as a big victory for theatre owners, 
National Allied has recommended 
(Continued on page 18) 

PAR'S NEW THEATRES IN 
W. PALM BEACH, TOLEDO 

While laying off any major ex- 
pansion program because of the 
j legal tangles presented by the Gov- 
i ernment anti-trust action, Para- 
I mount has now put final touches to 
i blueprints for two new houses. 
Plans call for erection of de-luxers 
in West Palm Beach, Fla., and 
Toledo, O. They will be the first 
houses constructed by Par since 
the war. 

Toledo theatre will be a 2,538- 
seater intended to replace the 
Paramount theatre on which the 
company's lease has expired. West 
Palm Beach theatre is also planned 
to replace an existing theatre. 

Under the decree handed down 
by the statutory court and affrmed 
in part by the U. S. Supreme Court, 
the Big Five may build or lease 
theatres to. replace those in opera- 
tion. Actually, there is no existing 
ban on expansion by the majors 
since the statutory court has re- 
fused to act until a third judge is 
appointed to fill the vacancy 
cause by the death of District 
Judge John Bright. "Majors, how- 
ever, are not risking a future 
clampdown by the court. 



Europe to N. Y. 

Edgar Bergen 
Alan C. Collins 
Katharine Hepburn 
Ted Husing 
Paul Muni 
J. My r Schine 
M. A. Schlesinger 
Oliver Smith 
Robert Wolff 



SPU BSD TO REP EXTRAS 
TURNED DOWN BY NLRB 

Hollywood, Aug. 10. 

National Labor Relations Board 
turned down a petition filed by the 
Screen Players Union, for an elec- 
tion and certification as bargaining 
agent for film extras. Dismissal was 
on grounds of ah insufficient num- 
ber of signatures on the petition. 

Perry Bertram, SPU attorney, 
declared the verdict would be ap- 
pealed to the NLRB's national 
headqarters in Washington, 

Okay 'Capricorn 
To Remit in $ 

All earnings in England of "Un- 
der Capricorn," now being made by 
Alfred Hitchcock in London, will 
be remittable to the U. S. in dol- 
lars. Through <& deal made before 
current restrictions on dollar ex- 
ports were imposed, Warner Bros., 
the distributors, will be able to 
get out all the film's earnings. 

Picture, starring Ingrid Berg- 
man, is being produced by Trans- 
atlantic Productions, indie unit 
owned by Hitchcock and Sidney 
Bernstein, British circuit operator. 
They arranged financing for it in 
dollars, rather than in pounds, with 
the result the British Treasury 
okayed remittance to the U. S. of 
its English income. 

Financing was by the Bankers 
Trust Co., N. Y., and Security-First 
National, Los Angeles. They ad- 
vanced dollars, which Transatlantic 
turned over to the Bank of Eng- 
land, and for which, in turn, they 
were given sterling credits in 
Britain for the production. Per- 
mission to remit the dollar earn- 
ings is, therefore, in effect, a cour- 
tesy for giving the British the use 
of the dollar advance. 

Bernstein is due in New York 
from London Aug. 22 for the 
preem of the unit's initial film, 
"Rope." It will open at the Globe 
qn Broadway Aug. 26. It will also 
be distributed by WB. 

Bernstein is due to return to 
London a few days' later to con- 
tinue supervision of the business 
end of the "Capricorn" production, 
which Hitchcock is directing. It 
has been learned, incidentally, that 
the production schedule has been 
lengthened by several weeks be- 
cause of unexpected slowness in 
the British studio work. 



Jackson Park Attorney 
Protests Bmg's 4 Weeks 

Chicago, Aug. 10. 

Tom McConnell, attorney for the 
Jackson Park theatre, filed a peti- 
tion in Chi Federal Appeals Court 
yesterday (9) against granting a 
four-week playing time to "Em- 
peror Waltz" at the Chicago thea- 
tre. Lawyer claimed Judge Michael 
Igoe didn't have the right to grant 
the additional two weeks to B & K 
on the ground the lower court 
lacked jurisdiction to make any 
change in the JP decree, which, 
according to the lawyer, does not 
make provision for exemption. 

"EW" closes at the Chicago, 
Thursday (12). 



CP. Skouras' Youth Stamp 
Ceremonies in D. C. Wed. 

Washington, Aug. 10. 

Presentation of the first sheet of 
3c "Salute to Youth" commemora- 
tive stamps will be made tomor- 
row (Wed.) at the White House by 
U. S. Postmaster General Jesse M. 
Donaldson to Charles P. Skouras, 
National Theatres head. Skouras 
is chairman of Theatre Owners of 
America's Youth Month committee. 

TOA has been pushing the cam- 
paign in conjunction with U. S. At- 
torney General Tom Clark. The- 
atre group is flying a press detach- 
ment from New York to specially 
cover the event. 



N. Y. to Europe 

Irving Berlin 
Saul Carson 
* Marc- Davis 
Yvonne '3e Carlo 
Howard Dietz 
Clifford C. Durr 
Gerald Fairlie 
Charles Hodges 
Irving Hoffman 
Nora Kaye 

Hya Lopert - > 

Jayne Meadows 
E. R. Zorgniotti 



Lurid B way Bally Worries Pix Biz 

Public relations-minded industryites have been eying balefuliy 
for the past couple weeks the advertisbig in front of the Rialto »& 
Broadway. With the New York City license commissioner and 
tjolice department known to be keeping a glim set on theatre ad- 
vertising, they were wondering how long it might be before there 
would be a crackdown that would hang a bad public relations rap 
on the whole industry. 

Rialto, recently taken over by James Mage and with an exclusive 
deal for exhibiting Film Classics product, was showing "Blonde Ice" 
and "Money Madness" until last weekend. Blurbs out front includ- 
ed: "What lust drove her to indulge in these unnatural practices," 
"Killer vs. Killer in a lustful orgy of crime," "She killed men to 
satisfy her lust" and "She traded love for a life of crime and 
shame 1 — she wouldn't share her man with any woman— not even 
his wife." 

Major companies and most of the minors subscribe to the, rules 
of the Motion Picture Assn. of America, which provide that for 
issuance of a seal the film must hot only be okayed by Joe Breen's 
Production Code Administration, but that all copy must be ap- 
proved by the Advertising Code Administration. Rialto copy was 
not submitted to the ACA. 



WB and 20th Neck V Neck for No. 2 
Profits-Earner in '48; Par the Leader 



Nothin' Happened 

Washington, Aug. 10. 

As everyone expected, the 
amusement industry went un- 
scathed in the special ses- 
sion of Congress. 

The only possible measure 
affecting the industry — the 
move to give the Administra- 
tion allocation and priority 
power over scarce materials — 
was roundly beaten on the 
Senate floor. An Administra- 
tion-sponsored excess profits 
tax wasn't even considered in 
committee. 



Report Warners 
Selling Off 3 
Philly Deluxers 

Philadelphia, Aug. 10. 

Vine street is buzzing with re- 
ports of the sale of three Warners 
first-run houses — the Mastbaum, 
Earle and Aldine — which would go, 
according to the rumors, to Loew's, 
Paramount and RKO, respectively. 

Sale is believed imminent and 
gossip has L?ior Day as tbe pos- 
sible date for the switcheroo, 
which would cause something like 
a revolution in the Philadelphia 
film mise-en-scene. 

With Fox, Warners and Goldman 
already in the breakneck competi- 
tive bidding here, inclusion of the 
other three companies would throw 
the situation wide open. Current 
scarcity of major product capable 
of sustained runs would leave re- 
course to one alternative — stage 
shows. Predictions are that if re- 
ported sale materializes, Philly can 
look for a lot of flesh entertain- 
ment in the immediate future, a la 
the Broadway first-runs. 

Local Warner office had no com- 
ment to make on the sale but re- 
ferred questioners to the New York 
home office, where, it is reliably 
understood, there was no con- 
firmation forthcoming but there 
was no denial either. 

Curiously enough, news of the 
big transaction broke in indirect 
fashion. For the last couple weeks, 
William Ehrenburg, a Vine street 
familiar and premium seller, an- 
nounced that he was forming a 
(Continued on page 22) 

. nTy . 7oT . a7 * 

Sam Behrman 
Frederick Brisson 
Jean Dalrymple 
Dick- Dorso • 
Clark Gable 
Leland Hayward 
George Heller 
Jerry Hoffman 
Fred Jack 
Henry Jaffe 
Sonya Levien 
Tom McKnight 
Robert Morley 
Ella Raines 
Jack Robbing 
Rosalind Russell 
Dore Schary 
Grad Sears 
Edward Small 
Polyna Stoska . 
Howard Strickling 
Spencer Tracy 



♦ Warner Bros, and 20th-Fox are 
currently staging a hot race over 
i which of the two will finish second 
i in. the 1948 profits derby. With 
Paramount's now traditional spot 
las the No. 1 earner practically con- 
j ceded, recent profits reports of 
'both Warners and 20th indicate a . 
I photo finish for show and place. In 
1947, WB was an easy second with 
$22,094,979 while 20th trailed with 
$14,003,640. 

Close race was played up. last 
week when Warners turned in a 
nine-month net of $10,321,000 
against a '47 take of $19,134,000, 
Since the last quarter of WB's fis- 
cal year is the hot weather, nor- • 
mally low-profit, stretch of June, 
iJuly and August, the company's 
{net for the year is estimated at a 
j little over $12,000,000 by the finan- 
cial pundits. 

^Twentieth has reported $2,926,- 
482 for its first quarter. Company's , 
fiscal year corresponds with the 
i calendar year. Second-quarter 
i profit , will reportedly be higher 
(than the first and should give it 
|$6,500,000r$7,000,000 for the half 
[year. Boost in net, it is said, is due 
| to a gain in gross revenues par- 
layed on distribution of less costly 



pix. 

With all seven majors f United 
Artists excepted) - airing at least 
first-quarter returns, the order at 
the finishing line is expected to be 
as follows: 

1. Paramount (1st quarter — 
$7,760,000). 

2: .& 3. Warners and 20th 

4. Metro (nine-month — $4,729,- 
063). 

5. RKO (first quarter— $1,345,- 
327). 

6. Columbia (nine-month — $855,- 
000). 

7. Universal (half-year — $232,- 
866). 

Possible shuffling of second and 
third spots would be the only 
change in positions from '47. 
WB's 3d Quarter, $3,010,000 
Warners' net for the third quar- 
ter, ended May 31, totalled $3,010,- 
000. Equivalent Mock 'earnings for 
the nine months comes to $1.41 per 
(Continued on page 20) 

L. A. to N, Y. 

Val Arms 
Helena Carter 
Guy della Cioppa 
Charles Coburn 
Bette Davis 
Jack Dempsey 
Robert' Emmett Doian 
Douglas Fairbanks; Jr. 
Sidney Franklin 
John Gibbs 
Robert Giliham 
Marshall Grant 
Richard Greene 
Paul Henreid 
Paul Hollister 
John Huston 
William Katzell 
William B. Levy 
Luba Malina 
Dick Manning 
Jimmy McHugh 
Patricia Medina 
Allen Miner 
Robert Mochrie 
Joe Newman 
Joseph H. Nadel 
Joseph Pasternak 
Katina Paxinou 
H. C. Potter 
Dick Powell 
Richard Powers 
Frank Seltzer 
Lee Shubert 
Charles P. Skouras 
Paul Stewart 
Lou Walters 



Wednesday, August 11, 1948 



PICTURES . S 



BACKLOG OF FILMS AT PEAK 114 



Schary St 



ates Metro Can Make 5-10 
'Progressive Pix; Details Plans 



The experimental film program ■* 
which Dore Schary introduced at ' 
RKO with such socially significant 
features as "Crossfire" and "The 
Boy with Green Hair" will be as- 
sumed intact by_ Metro when 
Schary takes over as vice-president 
in charge of production next week.. 
Exuding a confidence in his film 
philosophy unmarred by Congres- 
sional probes and his departure 
from RKO, Schary told the New 
York trade press yesterday (Tues.) 
that he was convinced as ever that 
the industry must turn out a pro- 
portion of "progressive" pix. 

Metro can absorb five-to-10 of 
these "progressive" films yearly, 
Senary said. Scouting the label 
"message films," the new Metroite 
explained that these pix would be 
experimental in any or all brackets 
of cast, direction, story and 
technique. 

"This shouldn't surprise you, 
Schary said, "because Metro has a 
history for making daring films. 
In the past few years, the com- 
pany took a beating but before 
that it turned out some very 
progressive and challenging films. 
Among those were 'Mutiny on the 
(Continued on page 20) 



Hughes Bldg. for Sale 

Hollywood, Aug. 10. 
Real estate ad in Hollywood dis- 
closes that the Hughes Bldg. is for 
sale at an asking price of $450,000. 

Structure belongs to Otto K. 
Oleson and has been the headquar- 
ters of Howard Hughes Produc- 
tions, Inc. Hughes has moved to 
the RKO studio. 



Likely 



That the Annual 
RKO Stockholders Meet 
Will Not Be Held Aug. 31 

Strong likelihood is seen that 
the annual RKO stockholders' 
meeting, set for Aug. 31 in Dover, 
Del., will be postponed. Company 
officers in New York, who would 
have to be provided with informa- 
tion to make up the proxy state- 
ment for the session, have received 
no word yet from the new con- 
trolling stockholder, Howard 
Hughes, despite the nearing dead- 
line. 

Aug. 31 date was announced for 
the meeting by Hughes following 
sessions with RKO execs several 
weeks ago. It was expected that 
the former controlling stockholder, 
Floyd Odium, and his reps on the 
board of directors, would submit 
their resignations at that time. 
Then Hughes would select his own 
nominees. Thus, with the new 
board constituted, a series of ma- 
jor changes were expected at RKO, 
including election by the directors 
of a president to succeed N. Peter 
Rath von, who recently resigned, 
and a production head to succeed 
Dore Schary, who also pulled out 
after Hughes assumed control. 

Names of the new owner's nom- 
inees for the directorate must ap- 
pear on the proxy statement, which 
is sent to all stockholders when 
they are informed of the date of 
the meeting. These statements, 
which under Securities & Ex- 
change Commission and N. Y. 
Stock Exchange rules must carry 
considerable detailed information, 
take some time to prepare. In ad- 
dition, they must be filed with the 
SEC at least 10 days before the 
meeting. 

That means that unless Hughes 
makes his choice of nominees with- 
in the next couple days and speeds 
the names to New York, the much- 
vaunted Aug. 31 session will have 
to be pushed back. 

RKO Resumes Sept. 1 As 
Hughes Hastens Lensing 

Hollywood, Aug. 10. 

Howard Hughes is hoisting his 
RKO production into flight two 
weeks sooner than people around 
Hollywood expected. The new 
shooting program on the Gower 
street lot starts Sept. 1, with 
"Follow Me Quietly," to be pro- 
duced by Herman Schlom. 

"Quietly" was originally on bid 
Rogell's production program, but 
Rogell is now one of the trium- 
virate ruling all production on 
the RKO lot. Second picture on 
the new program will be Ine 
Set-Up, ' starting Sept. 15. 



N. Y. Collarites 
In Middle On 
AFL vs. CIO Row 



Labor peace in the New York 
offices of the film companies is 
now balanced on a razor's edge 
with two rival white collarite 
unions,, one AFL and the other 
CIQ, stripping for an all-out battle 
for jurisdictional control. The rival 
unions are the Screen Office & 
Professional Employees Guild, 
CIO, and Local H-63, International 
Alliance of Theatrical Stage Em- 
ployees, AFL; the issue allegedly 
is that of "Communism" vs. "com- 
pany stoogism," and the stake is 
over 3,000 employees in the majors' 
homeoffices. 

Long burning fuse to the inter- 
union fight, which was lighted at 
United Artists in May, flared up 
this week with disclosure that H-63 
was pushing through an organizing 
campaign at Paramount, now under 
SOPEG's jurisdiction. Operating 
secretly for over a week, 20 H-63 
organizers have been attempting to 
sign up a majority of the 600 work- 
ers at Paramount, including Para- 
mount Music and Famous Music 
publishers and Par labs in Long 
Island. The campaign's secrecy was 
blasted when an IATSE organizer 
tried to slip a membership card to 
a SOPEG stalwart. 

Faced with a flanking threat 
from Local H-63, SOPEG officials, 
meanwhile, are girding for a show- 
down with the industry over the 
writing of new pacts to replace 
those expiring Sept. 27. There's a 
glowing possibility that some of 
(Continued on page 16) 





FADIMAN NAMED 
RKO STORY EDITOR 

Hollywood, Aug. 10. 

William J. Fadiman former ex- 
ecutive, aide to Dore Schary, was 
assigned as story editor at RKO. 
William Nutt remains on the staff 
as assistant editor. 

Fadiman was story editor at 
Metro for 14 years before moving 
to RKO 19 months ago. 



Albee, Prov,, Manager 
Robbed of Cash & Pants 

Providence, Aug. 10. 

Two armed holdup men sur- 
prised treasurer Russell Mowry 
on a stairway of the RKO Albee 
theatre here Tuesday (3) morning, 
and after forcing him to open the 
safe, made away with $1,636 and 
his pants. Both men made their 
getaway before police arrived. 

Mowry's pants were later found 
in the theatre minus a few bills 
he had in the billfold. 



ALSO A RECORD 



Backlog of completed but un- 
released films on major shelves 
which has now mounted to a total 
of 114 — peak figure in the past 
two years — is sparking the heaviest 
flow of films to theatres in many 
months. With three companies — 
Paramount, Metro and.20th-Fox — 
already announcing sizeable re- 
leases and the others readying 
plans, fall season will see a big 
turnout of pix particularly in the 
color bracket. 

Of the 114 pix now canned, over 
30 are in Technicolor. That is the 
biggest number of Techni features 
in the starting lineup at one time. 
Majors' economy drive of the past 
year may have sliced the nut some- 
what but it apparently has not hurt 
the quality of pix or their boxoffice 
chances. . , : ' 

Paradoxically, the cost-cutting 
operation of the past 12 months 
has been an important factor in 
adding to backlogs. While the 
studios have not had as many films 
before the cameras as in the past, 
reduction in shooting time has re- 
sulted in a faster turnout of nega- 
tives. At the same time, release 
schedules have just about held 
their own with the pace of 1946- 
1947. 

Indicating the extent of back- 
log-fattening, eight majors hid 91 
completer! pix at the beginning of 
the year. When the drive first 
started, the year before, total was 
110, while the peak in* October, 
1946, was 129. 

Speeding Releases 

Fastest releasing schedule has 
been set hy 20th which is dispatch- 
ing five features to theatres in 
September. Metro has set five re- 
leases for the next two months and 
Paramount 11 until the end of the 
year. 

Big proportion of color films — 
generally more expensive than 
black-and-whites — is believed due 
to a policy of the majors to hold 
up release on more costly product 
because of recent b.o. doldrums 
which have been emphasized by 
the hot weather. Figuring on an 
upturn in the fall, majors will 
shoot the works on important 
properties. 

Columbia, for instances, has now 
slated one Techni pic for each of 
October, November and December. 
"The Loves of Carmen," Rita 
Hayworth starrer, hits the screens 
in October, followed by "Return 
of October" in November and 
"Man from Colorado" in December. 
Company, with a backlog of 21 
completed pix, will release four 
or five films each month. 

Top in its Technicolor holdings 
is Metro with an abnormally high 
10 completed out of a total back- 
log of 18 films. Two of its .five 
releases for September - October 
will be tinted. Warner Bros, is 
second with seven Teclinipix out 
of a total of 17. 

Other companies are 20th With 
13 completed pix, four in Techni; 
Paramount, 16 in the can, three in 
color; RKO, 10 completed, two in 
Techni; and Universal, 19 com- 
pleted, with one, "Tap Roots," in 
color and being released this 
month. 



Boxoffice Click of Technicolor Pix 
Cues 30% of New Films in Tints 



Deutsch Rejoins Schary 

Hollywood, Aug. 10. 

Armand Deutsch, former pro- 
duction aide to Dore Schary at 
RKO, fellows his boss to the 
Metro lot in a like capacity. He 
had just been given his first pro- 
duction assignment when the How? 
ard Hughes regime eventuated. 

Deutsch with his wife, Benay 
Venuta, took a 10-day quickie in 
Honolulu while the Scliarys were 
vacationing in Boulder City, Colo. 



Woods, Chi, Stickup 

Chicago, Aug. 10. 
The Woods, Loop Essaness house, 
was the scene of an attempted 
robbery Sunday (8) at midnight. 
Bandit who took $400 from the 
cashier was seriously wounded by 
the police who captured him after 
a short chase. Thief also shot a 
bystander who tried to stop him, 
but the victim was not badly 
injured. 

This is the first effort made to 
rob a theatre in the Loop for many 
years. Area is heavily patrolled. 



Big 5 Promises 
Justice Dept. To 
Help Speed Case 

In an attempt to get the Gov- 
ernment anti-trust hearings started 
promptly on the Oct. 13 date set 
by the three-judge statutory court, 
the Dept. of Justice has the prom- 
ise of the Big Five that they will 
make every effort to answer the 
voluminous interrogatories by that 
date. Agreement by the theatre- 
owning companies to push their 
statistic-gathering activities on 
partnership-held theatres has been 
embodied in letters sent to' Spe- 
cial Asst. U. S. Attorney Robert L. 
Wright, in charge of the case. 

Attorneys, however, are con- 
vinced that the case cannot pos- 
sibly go to trial on the October 
date despite the promise. For one, 
the court must still appoint a 
judge to fill in for Judge John 
Bright who died after the original 
decision was-made. Once a judge 
is named to fill the gap, he must 
still familiarize himself with the 
case — a long-drawn job in view of 
the mountains of legal documents 
which must he studied. 

Secondly, Big Five have now 
formally served notice of objec- 
tions to a number of questions 
asked by the Government on the 
background and history of part- 
nership deals. One of the queries 
which the companies do not want 
to answer, because it may disclose, 
trade secrets, is the amount of 
coin Or other property which 
passed hands when a theatre part- 
nership was created. 

Objections must be argued be- 
fore the statutory court — but in 
view of the Government's position 
that cannot be done- until a third 
judge is named. Hence, the 
maneuver is figured to mean a fur- 
ther delay in hearings on the 
pivotal anti-trust action. 



Hollywood, Aug. 10. 
Boxoffice mopup by such color 
specials as Paramount's "Emperor 
Waltz" and Metro's "Easter Pa- 
rade" are sparking increasing use 
of color. Close to 30% of pix now 
lensing will be tinted, with current 
plans calling for a fall and winter 
upswing in the number of color 
films. Ten of the 36 pix currently 
before cameras are In color classifi- 
cation. 

Metro is on a 100% Technicolor 
kick with "Little Women," "Bark- 
leys of Broadway" and "Take Me 
Out to Ball Game." Eagle Lion's 
complete current program consists 
of "Big Cat," Walter Wanger's 
"Tulsa," both Technicolor, and 
"Red Stallion in the Rockies" in 
Cinecolor. 

Republic has one, "The Far 
Frontier," In Trucolor; Paramount, 
20th, Warners, Transatlantic, one 
each in Technicolor, respectively, 
"Streets of Laredo," "Sand," 
"South of St. Louis" and "Under 
Capricorn." 

A strong budget of 32' Techni- 
color pix is awaiting release, in- 
cluding such top budgeters as "A 
Song Is. Born," "Three Muske- 
teers," "Adventures of Don Juan," 
"Connecticut Yankee," "Joan of 
Arc," "Loves of Carmen," "Pale- 
face," "Red Pony," "Rope," Silver 
Lining," "Whlspering.Smith," "The 
Lady in Ermine." Ih preparation, 
Warners has "Happy Times" and 
"Montana;" Transatlantic has "Con- 
fess;" Metro has "Annie Get Your 
Gun," "Greyfrlars Bobby," I'Three 
Little Words," "Neptune's Daugh- 
ter" and "Shop Around Corner;" 
Universal has "Bloomer Girl" and 
"Sam Bass;" 20th-Fox*s "Blonde 
From Bashful Bend," "Mother Is 
a Freshman," "You're* My Every- 
thing;" • Paramount has "Samson 
and Delilah;" Columbia "Supersti- 
tion Mountain;" and Eagle Lion's 
"Meadowlark." ' 



Wynne, Lawrence, Kapp 
Return to U.S. Aug. 25 

London, Aug. 10. 
• Sydney Wynne, head of J. Arthur 
Rank publicity, makes his first 
American visit with his wife in 
company of the Jock Lawrences, 
who return Aug. 25 on the Queen 
Elizabeth. Lawrence, veepee of the 
U. S. Rank organization, has been 
here all summer setting sales 
plans. 

Lawrence is currently on the 
Continent with the Jack Kapps 
(he's president of Decca Records 
of America), flying from Paris into 
Germany for an official looksee, 
thence Zurich, motoring from there 
to Milan via Lake Como, with a 
Venice stopoff likely for the film 
festival. Kapps also will return 
on the Elizabeth. 



SAG AND PRODUCERS 
CLARIFY 30-DAY RULE 

Hollywood,' Aug. 10. 

Formula requiring new film play- 
ers to join the Screen Actors 
Guild within 30 days of first em- 
ployment, based on decision by 
NLRB counsel Robert Denham, 
was agreed upon by the Guild and 
the Association of Motion Picture 
Producers. Unless there's a ruling 
to the contrary, this will be incor- 
porated into the new union shop 
pact with actors. >, 

AMPP has been seeking inter- 
pretation of the 30-day clause in 
the Taft-Hartley law to determine 
how it is applicable to newcomers 
in the film acting field. SAG was 
particularly anxious since, if it 
meant 30 days on one job. the 
field would have been overrun by 
non-union thesps. 



Mpk Indies Nix Upped 
Film Rentals Despite 
Faster Availabilities 

Minneapolis, Aug. 10. 
Minneapolis independent neigh- 
borhood exhibitors continue to re- 
sist higher film rentals by remain- 
ing aloof frohi the earlier availa- 
bility deals offered to them by 
20th-Fox and Metro. The deals 
would cut down their availability 
from the present 56 to 28 days. 
The only local neighborhood house 
that up to now has been enjoying 
the 28-day clearance is the Min- 
nesota Amusement Co. (Para-, 
mount) • uptown. 

The 28 -day availability deal, 
offered so far to only a few of the 
independents in different areas of 
the city, calls for percentage and 
requires a boost' in admission from 
44c to 60c and six days' playing 
time for the highest bracketed 
pictures and five days for others. 
The houses now have two and 
changes a week. 

One thing holding back the ex- 
hibitors is the fact that other 
major distributors haven't yet de- 
cided on similar deals, assuring 
them of sufficient product on the 
same basis. However, Bennie 
Berger, president of North Cen- 
tral Allied, as spokesman for the 
independents, declares that no 
deal involving higher film costs 
can be acceptable to local exhibi- 
tors. 



Music Powwow in N. Y. 

Chicago, Aug. 10. 

Meeting with film studio heads 
set for Chicago yesterday (9), to 
discuss new wage demands for stu- 
dio musicians has been transferred 
to New York. 

Powwows start Aug. 18. 



Metro Rushes /Yankee 
For Labor Day Release 

Hollywood, Aug, 10. 

With Red Skelton's Columbia 
starrer, "The Fuller Brush Man." 
returning high grosses, Metro is 
rushing his "A Southern Yankee," 
into release ahead of its original 
schedule to cash in on the success 
of the Columbia film. 

"Yankee" will hit the screen in 
as many key spots as possible on 
Labor Day. Studio had planned to 
release it late in October. 



PtiLKIETY 



Wednesday, August 11, 1948 




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FILM REVIEWS 



Wednesday, August II, 1948 



A Soul hern .Yankee;. ■■ 

Hollywood, Aug. 10. 

Metro release «£ Paul Jonea production. 
Stars Red Skelton,, Brian Bonlevy; features. 
Arlsne Dahl, George eoulourts, Ltoytf 
Cough, John Ireland. Minor Watson. Di- 
rected liy Edward Sedgwick. Screenplay, 
Harry Tugend.; original By Metvin Prank 
and Norman Panama; camera, Kay June-; 
editor, Ben Lewis. Tradeshown Aug, 6, 
■MS. Running time, 90 MISS. 
Aubrey i'ilinore. . ...... . . , . . , .Red Rkelton 

Kurt Devlynn . , . . . . . a . ■ »','. .Brian Donlevy 

Saliyarin ■ Weatharby. . ... .-. . . .-. . Arlene Dahl 

■Major Jack Brumman, . . .George Coulourts. 
Capt. Stev« lasted, .-.146yd Gough 

Capt, Jed Calbern John Ireland 

General Wat-kins ...Minor Watson 

Col. Weatharby. ....Charles Dingle 

Col.. Clifford M. Baker....... .. .Art Baker 

Fred Miineey'. . . ... . . . ; ... . . . v.. Reed Hadley 

Mark Haskins. . ............ .Arthur . Space 

Bortensc Bobson . ...-.Joyce Comptnn 

About the only sense "A South- 
ern Yankee" makes is that it has 
Red Skelton. That's enough. It's as 
wild and raucous a conglomeration 
of gags and belly-laughs as Skel- 
ton's recent "The Fuller Brush 
Man." The kiddies, the family and 
the general film tan will 2nd it 
bait for the risibilities and respond 
with hearts' ticket window payoff. 

\Production-wise» "Yankee** is an 
erratic jumble, puBed together 
only by a funny idea and Skelton's 
knack for clowning. That's a criti- 
cism that will mean little to these 
who lay the cash on the line at the 
boxoffice. Lack of smoothness 
probably can be attributed, to fact 
that film had two directors and 
considerable re-workiagv with Ed- 
ward Sedgwick drawing final di- 
rector credit. Again, production 
faults mean little. It has Skelton 
and sock laughs. No more is 
needed. 

Camera is seldom off Skelton as 
he presents an eager young man 
who wants to aid the Union army 
by being * spy. A lucky capture 
of the dreaded Confederate spy. 
Grey Spider, gives Skelton more 
than he bargains for. He's forced 
to go behind the Southern lines to 
deliver and pick up information 
while posing as the Spider. Natu- 
rally, there's a mush-mouthed 
daughter of the south with, whom 
Skelton is smitten. The co'n-pone 
is laid on thick as Skelton tries 
to pursue his romance, he a. hero 
and keep a whole skin. It's all 
boisterous derring-do that has the 
laughs popping a mile-a-minute. 

Harry Tagend*s -script .from the 
original by Melvin Frank and Nor- 
man Panama is loaded with situa- 
tions and gags tailored to Skel- 
ton's clowning and the uproar is 
so furiously paced that when the 
story often runs thin it doesn't 
matter. "... 

Fact that Arlene Dahl . -as,- the 
souths own magnolia blossom 
makes her footage noticeable is a 
credit to her charms. Brian Donlevy 
is lost in the shuffle as a war-prof- 
iteering Southerner: Working hard 
to hold * their own are Greorge 
Coulouris* Lloyd Gough, John Ire- 
land, Minor Watson, Art Baker* 
Beed Hadley and others. 

Hurry-scurry production was 
guided by Paul Jones with tech- 
nical assists from Ray June's por- 
tography; the art direction, score' 
and special effects. mm 



' Ijureearjr . 

Hollywood,. Augi. 5. 

Universal release ojr Leouara Goldstein 
(Aaron RosenbergV production. Stajw John 
Payne, Joan eSmlHeltf, Baa Duryea. SHClley 
Winters; feature* Dorothy Hart, Patricia 
Alphin. BteeteK by CJeerge Sttennan. 
Screenplay, Herlier* E. MargioHs-,, LoBis 
Morheim, William Bowers: from novel, 
"The Velvet Fleece,"- by .Lois M»y ana 
John Fleming.-, camera, Irving Glasabergi 
edltoj, Frank Stoss; music. Leitt Stevens., 
Previewed Auk:. 3, '18.. Banning; time. 8» 
MINS. 

Rick Maxon... , „».:■, '». . . ... .John- Payne- 

Deborah Qwens Clark Joan. CaaWeld 

Silky Randall. ............... ...Ban .Duryea, 

*0ry. ..... ...Shelley Winters 

Madeline. Borothy Hart 

Max. . it. ; „,,. . R-icoard Sober- 

Buke. , . . i. .,-.:.„. < v..;..:.B«t». o-a-trtinx 

Walter Va Hderline. Nicholas Joy 

Charlie Jordan?. . . • ....... . . i .Percy Helton 

Mr, OwenHi... .:..,.,.i..»;...'Walter GreaSK 

Waitress. . ...i...,,,...,.. .JPatricifc AlBhhtt 

Mr. MtsNulity.. ...»..,,.... .IBUorjp Antrim. 

Detective. . ......... ..v.Busw Conway 

Mechanic . . . ... vi, .. .Paul Bricegar 

Master, of. Ceremonies j ....Bon, Wilson 



Miniature Reviews 

"A Southern Yankee" (M-G),- 
Wild and wacky Bed Skelton 
comedy of a Yankee spy be- 
hind Confederate lines. 

*%arceny" Wk Snappy mel- 
odrama, glibly dialoged and 
rapidly paced. Neat dual bill 
topper for general situations. 

"Hollow Triumph" (EL). 
Good program melodrama star- 
ring Paul Henreid and Joan 
Bennett. -. 

"Miraculous Journey" 
(Color- Song) (FC). Jungle 
drama that can be sold with 
exploitation. 

"Phantom Valley" (Songs) 
(Col). Routine westerner for 
juve trade, 

"Miracle in Harlem" (SG) 
(Sepiatone-Songs). All - Negro 
film for moderate grosses in 
colored houses. 



set in. The gang leader's girl goes 
for the smoothy and makes no 
bones about it. Her amatory inter- 
est in the front man, and bis awak- 
ening love for the widow finally 
spoil the pitch. There's a slam- 
bang finish in which front man 
turns himself and the gang over to 
the police, an ending that has no 
happy-twist.. . 

John Payne does a good Job as 
the gang's front man. Joan Caul- 
field is appealing, if a bit too gul- 
lible, as the widow. Dan Duryea 
turns in his customary tight-lipped 
characterization as the brains of 
the confidence gang. Shelley Win- 
ters will capture audience fancy 
with her bold, sexy portrayal of a 
ghrl on the make for Payne. 

Nifty smaller characterizations 
are ably projected by Dorothy 
Hart, Patricia Alphin, Percy Hel- 
ton, Richard Bober, Dan OUerlihy 
and others. Helton's role is partic- 
ularly well done. 

Leonard Goldstein and his asso- 
ciate producer, Aaron Bosenberg, 
have hacked the melodrama tics 
with a strong framework. Lensing 
by . Irving Glass berg capably dis- 
plays the players audi settlings. 
With exception of one abrupt cut, 
editing is smooth and holds film to 
tight S3 minutes. Bros. 



Hallaw TriHNipK . ■ 

Eagle Lion release' at Paul Henreid pro- 
duction. Stars Henreid and Joan Bennett;- 
features Kiiuartf Franz, Leslie- Brooks. John 
Stolen. Mabel Paige. Herbert Rndley. Di- 
rected by Steve- Sekely. Screenplay. Daniel 
Puchsv based: «n Ravel by Murray Forbes; 
camera, laHa Attorn; editor; Fret! Alien ; 
mustc. Sol Kaplan. Previewed: X. S. Aos» 
5. "48. Bunninc time, S3' MESSi. 
Johrt MuBerf 

Dr. Bartosr (. Paul Henreid 

Evelyn. Itahn '. Joan Bennett 

Frederick Mutlfr. .......... .Eduard Franz 

Virginia Xiwlor;.... ........ J . J j.esBe Brooks 

Swangroa ...John Qaalen 

CharwsBUtn. . . ........ ..... .. .Mabel Palee 

•Marey Herbert Rndtey 

Cobienx.. Charles Arnt 

Aubrey, assistant Oeorre Chandler 

Artel!, manager Sid Tcmack 

Jerry.. ..... Alvin Hammer 

BEontle, ...Anre Staunton 

Clerk— .i, „....,.. . ... . ..Paul Bums 

Depnty Charles TWrtvbviage 

Howard Anderson MorKan Farley 



Miraculous Journey 

(COLOR^-ONJE SONG) . 

Film Classics release ot Slgmunft Neufeld 
niwiuction. Stars Rory CaUionn; features 
Audrey Bong, VirKWia. Grey. Directed by 
Peter Stewart. Screenplay. Fred Myton; 
camera (Clnecolor), Jack Greenhalfeh: edi- 
tor, Hotlbrook ». Todd; sonr. Bee Erody, 
Bew porter. Tradeshown K. T. Aug. 4, *». 
Running: Time 83 MIJTS. . . v ; 

Larry.,. ..Rory Calhoun 

Mary .. ■ .......... * • .Audrey Long 

Patricia. ............... ... . . ■ .Virginia Urey 

Hermit. ... , .(li orKf Cleveland 

N'lclc, . . ... . . .Jim Bannon 

iteiie ' ' . v.'. , , .-, .v.,'.. V, • .June Storey 

Kcnd'rii'ks.. , Thurston Hall 

lane. ■ . ........... .. ...... . .Carole Donne 

Co-pllot. .Tom Lane 

Bog Elame H msett 

Jimmy the Crow Hlmaeii 

The familiar theme of collecting 
a cast of characters in the midst of 
a remote jungle and watching their 
reactions while close to nature 
comprises the subject matter of 
Film Classics' most ambitious re- 
lease, "Miraculous Journey." Hand- 
somely mounted with Cinecolbr— 
one of the better jobs to date— the 
lush jungle scenery lends itself 
nicely to tinting a dualler. 

There is considerable confusion 
in character delineation for best 
story results. There are some ap- 
parent contradictions and unex- 
plainable character reversals so 
that several entities fail to stand 
up on their own; 

On a plane forced down in the 
African jungle are a powerful fi- 
nancial figure, a spoiled heiress, 
an actress, a gangster, and a blind 
girl on her way for an operation 
to restore her sight. In addition 
there's the pilot and hostess. Soon 
after their arrival, an old gent ma- 
rooned in the jungle for many 
years turns up, and shews the 
wreck survivors how to get along 
next to nature. As anticipated, 
the unsocial characters acquire hu- 
mility and a different slant on life, 
and the unregenerate gangster gets 
rubbed, out by a crocodile. They 
are eventually rescued when pilot 
Rory Calhoun makes his way out 
of toe jungle and returns to the 
wreck via helicopter. 

Calhoun, Audrey Long, latter as 
the blind ghrl, and Thurston Hall 
as the businessman, give probably 
the most consistent characteriza- 
tions of those that survive the trip. 
There's a degree of muddling in 
the writing of the others. 

The film itself can lend itself to 
exploitation that wiB hypo it be- 
yond its actual worth. There are 
several angles that can be played 
up and thus create some curiosity 
at the boxoffice. 

Peter Stewart's direction prob- 
ably stems from the indecision of 
the writers on whether they wanted 
a picture with a moral or an ac- 
tion meller. The curious mixture: 
Of both incorporated into this set- 
up doesn't lend itself to * cohesive 
story. ■:-'■•' Jose. 



"Larceny" is a good melodrama 
for general situations. Its action is 
tough and fast, toe dialog Sharp 
and the development logical, indi- 
cating neat returns. Exploitable 
theme deals with biltong of war 
widows by confidence racketeers 
and is excellently supported by 
showmanly values; 

Smooth saapting is marked by 
punchy dialog that lifts the melo- 
drama f ormula Mo attention-hold- 
ing class, and George Sherman's 
direction E$ rapid and pointed in 
building story and characteriza- 
tions. Plot is one that could easily 
have fallen apart with less able di- 
rection and scripting. 

Locale of $*r» is a small South- 
ern California city oi wealthy in- 
habitants. - A' gang vt confidence 
men move in to promote a phony 
war memorial for one of the town's 
heroes. They pick on the hero's 
widow, with the smoothy of the 
gang acting its front. The widow 
is a gullible gal and scheme moves 
forward easily until complications 



Here is a suspenseful melodrama 
that comes close to out-twisting O. 
Henry. Liberal use of irony has 
been made in "HoBow Triumph." 
But so frequently has this literary 
artifice been employed that the 
overall story takes on a contrived, 
manufactured ring. Nevertheless, 
it is well qualified to hold up its 
e ml. 

Producer of "Triumph)'' as well 
as its co-star, Paul Henreid has 
dealt himself a meaty, dual role. 
He's a renegade ex-medical stu- 
dent who caries- his coin from 
stickups and confidence games 
rather than exercise his mental 
ability in more prosaic fields. On 
the lam with a big haul from a ca- 
sino robbery, he discovers a promi- 
nent psychiatrist is a dead-ringer 
for bis phis.: Henreid rubs out his 
double and assumes the latier's 
name as a sure means of shaking 
off pursuit by the casino operator, 
Preparatory* to carrying ou.t the 
impersonation, he romantically cul- 
tivates the physician's secretary, 
Joan Bennett. Later she becomes 
wfee to the switch when it's exe- 
cuted, but her philosophic analysis 
of the situation prevents her from 
exposing him as an imposter. : ... 
! ' Eventually the Taw of retribution 
asserts itself when Henreid himself 
is Idffled--kUled by gunmen as- 
signed toknq£k off the psychiatrist, 
: aU:. unsuccessful gambler to- - his. 
after-office hours. 

Also on the credit side are good 
product!©* values and the marquee 
garnish afforded by the Henreid- 
Bennett combo. Former star turns 
-. kit a believable performance in por- 
traying both his parts. Miss Bennett 
isn't afforded the opportunity tor 
any fancy Mstrioufes, ba*dees*iefe 
a ,S a pretty secretary who's been 
short-changed on romance. - Sup- 
porting players aid $m sustaining 
the film's mood. Steve Sekely's di- 
rection is good as is the camera- 
work of John Alton. Gilb. 



Phantom Wmttmy 

(SONGS) 

Columbia release of Colbert Cjlarfic produc- 
tion. Stars Charles Starrett. Directed by 
Ray Nazarro. Original screenplay. J. Ben- 
ton Cheney; camera, George F. Kelly; edi- 
tor, Paul Borof sky J songs, SmUey Buraette. 
At New York, N. T„ Aug. 3, "4S. Running 
time, 53 MISTS. 

Durango Kid. . . .... . . ... . .Charles- Starrett 

Smiley. Smiley Bumette- 

Janlce MUleJohn. .... . . . . . .Virginia- Hunter 

Sam Uttlejotaa. ...... ..... ,.K«t Franklin 

Bob Reynolds. ...»..,. ..Robert W, Jfllmer 

Crag Parker Mike Conrad 

Frazer, .Don. Murray 

Jim Umrant ..Sfcxn Flint 

Ben Tnuebold « Freol Seats 



Champagne Charlie 

"Champagne Charlie" Brit- 
ish-made musical which 
opened at the Park Ave. thea- 
tre, N. Y., Friday 17) was pro- 
duced by Michael Balcon, and 
is being released in the U. S. 
by Bell pictures, Jolo, who re- 
viewed the picture for Variety 
from London Sept. 13, 1944, 
felt that it "might find some 
favor in America." 
■; Film stars Tommy Trinder 
in the role of George Ley- 
bourne, one of Britain's ace 
singing comics of the late '60s. 
Pic gives a clear depiction Of 
backstage life during the early 
days of English vaudeville, 
with direction and production 
helping general effectiveness. 



Miracle in Harlem 

(SEPIATONE— SONGS) 
Screen Guild release of Herald Pictures 
production by Jack Goldberg. Features 
Sheila: Cuyse, Stepin Fetchit. Directed by 
Jack Kemp. Screenplay, Vincent Valen- 
tin!; camera, Don Melkames; music. John 
Gluskin. At Apollo, N. T-. week Aug. 6, 
"<8. Running time, 89 MISS. '..'■■■' 

Julie Weston .Sheila Guyse 

Switty . , .Stepin Fatchlt 

Aunt Hattie.. ..... . -Hilda. OK ley 

Reyererol Jackson. .....erelghton Thompson 

Jim 3SraxshaR. ......i .. ...... .Kenneth. Freeman 

Bert Hallam William Greaves 

Alice Adams, Sybyl Lewis 

Albert Marshall' . Lawrence Criner 

PWIUp. Stanley.. .......... .....Jack Carter 

Wilkinson. Milton Williams 

1*. Renard ....... ... Monte Hawley 

Detectives Ruble Blakey, Alfred Chester 

Specialties by Savannah Churchill. Juanita 
Hall Choir. Mvada Carter, Norma Shep- 
herd. Lynn- Proctor Trio. 



language barrier, the elucidation 
merely serves to focus more em- 
phasis on the dull yarn. 

Picture boils down to a charac- 
ter study Of Enrique Muino, a one- 
time symphony conductor, who 
sought, and temporarily found 
anonymity after the death of his 
ballerina daughter, Linda Lorena 
While working as a night watch- 
man in an opera house, Muino be- 
comes acquainted with Garzay an4 
for a time acts as his mentor. Later 
the watchman's true identity js 
revealed,' '-..' : ": 

Cast in the meatiest role, Muino, 
delivers a ponderous and stiff in- 
terpretation of the conscience- 
stricken conductor. So gruff and 
crotchety is his demeanor that sel- 
dom has he the audience's sym- 
pathy. Garzay is relatively color- 
less as the pianist although his 
solos on the instrument afford 
some of the few high spots in the 
film. Other of the pic's more inter- 
esting passages are scenes of the 
famed puppets of Podreeca and 
the orchestra and ballet of the 
Buenos Aires Philharmonic. 

Supporting players are generally 
lustreless with the exception of 
Xtalo Bertini who manages to inject 
some authenticity into the part of 
the opera house manager, Hugo 
Fregonese's direction is. heavy- 
handed Both production values 
and Jose M. Beltran*s camerawork 
are fair. Writers Ulysses Petit de 
MUrat and Bomero Manzi had a 
difficult subject to begin with. 
Their treatment doesn't make the 
theme any more plausible. Gilb. 



Latest in the Burango Kid series 
starring Charles Starrett, "Phanh 
fom . Yalley'* gallops down a fa- 
miliar trail of that-a-way chases 
and hard six-shooting. In all re- 
spects, film is an assembly-line 
oatuner cranked out for the juve 
trade for which it will serve as 
okay fare. . ■■■•■■■■; 

Pruned down to an economical 
53 minutes, yarn concerns a feud 
between two gangs of ranchers and 
homesteaders with Starrett trying 
to maintain the peace as marshal. 
Some varmint, however, keeps stir- 
ring up trouble in an attempt to 
become baron of the valley . Finger 
of suspicion points at several prom- 
inent, citizens but surprise climax 
reveals an innocent-looking gal as 
the culprit. HngaBantls, Starrett 
shoots her in the hack to save the 
state time and trouble. 

Starrett registers effectively as a 
square-jawed cowboy hero. Offer- 
ing a broad type of comedy relief , 
Smiley Burnette also neatly war- 
bles a couple of buckskin ballads 
with help of a good male quartet. 
Virginia. Hunter is okay as the 
heavy, while rest of the cast is ade- 
quate in stock parts. Herm. 



Herald Films, having produced a 
string of pictures with all-Negro 
casts, has apparently gotten itself 
into a groove from which it makes 
few departures: Formula of endow- 
ing a meller with musical se- 
quences has been successful up to 
a point. However, that point as 
demonstrated in "Miracle in Har- 
lem" has been worn down to the 
degree where some new departures 
are necessary if there's to be any 
respect from Negro audiences for 
film product with all-Negro casts. 

The opening night audiences at 
Harlem's Apollo theatre didn't 
take too kindly to "Made in 
Harlem." Sequences which were 
intended to impart a warm glow 
were actually laughed at, and the 
gauche acting, directing and pro- 
duction were never taken seriously 
at any point. 

Particularly appalling is the 
story hue which drags religious 
themes info a routine murder yarn. 
Plot deals with an elderly widow 
who runs a candy shop which is 
taken Over by a syndicate. After 
the widow and foster daughter are 
swindled out of the property, head 
of the syndicate is murdered and 
the foster-daughter is. a prime sus- 
pect. She's ultimately cleared with 
the aid of a few implausible de- 
vices. ■■■,:.■ 

Herald has been using virtually 
a stock company with Sheila Guyse 
playing the lead in aB their pic- 
tures. She's just about adequate 
for the assignment, while Hilda 
Offley shapes up a little better as 
the widow. Creighton Thompson, 
Wuliam Greaves and Kenneth 
Freeman do okay in supporting 
roles, while Stepin Fetchit man- 
ages some laughs as the slow-mov- 
ing handy man . 

The musical numbers are better 
handled than is the story. Savan- 
nah Churchill,. Norma Shepherd 
and the Juanita Hall Choir pro- 
vide tuneful relief in the pro- 
ceedings. 

Don Melkames' photography is 
passable. Dialog runs along well- 
established cliches. Jose. 



Puerto Kico Pix Grosses 
Off 25% from War Peak 

Tastes and "picture-going habits 
of Puerto Ricans are so different 
than those of UJS. film patrons, 
according to Rafael Bamos Cobian, 
pasty of Cobian Theatres, Inc., a 
circuit of some 42 houses through- 
out Puerto Rico. In New York for 
the past two weeks, Cobian said 
that his grosses were off about 25% 
from the wartime peak. 



Where Words Full 

(Donde Mueren las Palabras) 

::;,;-■-;,: (argentine* . ■ 

topert Films release of Artists*. Argen- 
ffinos Associados production. Stars; Burtons 
Maino; features Carlo Garzay, Italo Ber- 
troi. Directed by Hugo Pregonese. Slcreen- 
play, Ulysses Petit de Murat, Homero 
Mansij camera, Jose M. Beitran. Pre. 
BsSras' July - 28 t '4- BUnntos ttoie 
Victurio.. .... ... , . . ...... , Enrique 3*ulno 

S«2S" • ' * •..•■• -Itato Bertini 

Rogella. Hector Memjez 

onrai.. Dario Garzay 

Fertera. ..Linda- Lorena 

MaHa. ..................... . Amelia. Ferrer 

iRiSgSLr ■'- Rene Kngica 

Boletero-.,... . , ,., ,,.,.»a.blo Cteno 

Au - r ° 1 ? 1 - »..,« ....... i.y,. . .MariR. Hurtado 

••«».►*. , . Jose- A. Vansuez 

Director. .. . , .KnElime Ferraro 
Primerai Ballei'lnn Maria HuanoVa 

'■ This Argentine import is somber 
film fare whose boxoffice poten- 
tialities are- decidedly meagre. Its 
strong musical background, but- 
tressed with time-honored selec- 
tor from Bach, Beethoven, 
Chopin, et al., may prove draw to 
some music lovers but a confused 
and gloomy plot militates against 
the picture's effectiveness as enter- 
tainment. 

. ToW principally in flashback, 
"Where Words Fail" recounts the 
early struggles in the career of 
concert pianist Dario Garzay. A 
technique of using Garzay's voice 
in English to supply an explanatory 
narration supplements the printed 
English titles. But while this trans- 
lator method capably hurdles the 



En Svensk Tiger 

(A Swedish Tiger) 
(SWEDISH) - 
Stockholm, July 27. 

KungstSIm AB prodaetinn and -relesse. 
Stars Kdvin Ailolphson, Mmrgareta Fahlenj 
"features Sven Undberjr. riirected by 6us- 
taf Kdgren. Screenplay. Oscar Ry«l«ivist, 
Gustav Edgren: camera. Martin Boilin. 
At Spegeln, Stockholm. Running time, M 
-MISS. 

Johasi Tiger......... . . . .Bdvin AdoIphcsoK 

General l.ucky,. ....... ..BOvin Adolphssom 

T-ena Antlersson Margareta, Fahlen 

Kurt Moller • .Sven IJndgren 

Hanna AntlerSson-Tlger. .^larianne I^jfgren 

Wolff. ..Gunnur Bjornstrand 

Dickman. .Arnold Rjostrand 

Gaptair* Andersson Erik Berghind 

Leonard- Stromlund. ....... Fritlof Billquist 

Swedish Minister. OloC Wirinerstranti 

Endahl . . .... Tore! Stal 

VttUkB Fredriksson txouglas Hag* 

Ktara. ................ i .Suit Natoqs 

Police Inspector. Henrik SemWt 

British: GeneraL. ........ ..Gosta «'>deriur.«l 

British Oaieer. Stan DJerf 

Sue Lieutenant...,., ..Peter Winner 

One of better films produced by 
the Swedish industry, "En Svensk 
Tiger" is a gripping espionage yarn 
revolving around the work done 
by agents of three countries in the 
past war. A dash of comedy helps 
in change of pace. Grosses on this 
entry will be surefire in Scandi- 
navia and the picture's overall ex- 
cellence makes it a prospect for 
the international market 

Despite an involved plot, the 
story threads are woven together 
well by scripters Oscar Bydqvist 
and Gustav Edgren. In essence the 
tale is built around the efforts of 
the British to mask Gen. Mont' 
gomery*s movements prior to the 
European invasion. Edvin Adolphs- 
son, a Swedish actor, is hired to 
impersonate the general in North 
Africa to mislead the' Germans. 
With that mission accomplished, 
Adolphsson becomes snared in 
further intrigue as a passenger on 
a Swedish ship which the Germans 
are seeking to blow up through 
their agent, Sven Lindgren. 

There are some minor story 
flaws and several action sequences 
are far-fetched. 

As the actor who portrays Gen.- 
Montgomery, Adolphsson is cred- 
ible enough in handling his dual 
role. Supporting performances 
measure up. Lindberg contribs an 
able interpretation as German 
agent. Margareta Fahlen, cast as 
a Swedish counter-spy, registers 
weB. Gustav Edgren, .who collabor- 
ated on the script with Bydqvist, , 
cleverly directed the film while 
camerawork of Martin Bodin also 
is good. , 



Sid Lust Cuts D C. Arty 
To 65c as B.O. Hypo Test 

Washington, Aug. 10. 

Adding to the scattered shots- of 
admission tab cuts around the 
country, the Hippodrome, operated 
by Sidney Lust, has slashed its 
prices fix the first fiJm house cut 
in the last year. last price cut in 
D.C occurred when the Warner 
dropped its stage shows. The last 
price cut made independently of 
operating expenses, however, was 
made before the war.' 

Dropping to 65c, as against the 
previous 85c. evening top, Lust 
execs said they were experiment- 
ing with the reduced prices to see 
if added business would make up 
the difference. The Hippodrome is 
an art house specializing in foreign 
pix and revivals. Reductions are 
not planned for any of the other 
local Lust theatres. 



Wednesday, August 11, 1948 



PICTURES-TV 



THREE TYPES OF FILM BUDGETS 



Distribs Deny Exhibs' Charges 
Anent Block Booking, But- 



Charges by exhib organizations* — 



recently that major distribs "are 
gradually returning-to block book- 
ing is denied by top homeoffice 
sales execs. They're not returning 
to the old mass selling methods, 
they declare, because — aside from 
legal prohibitions — peddling of 
each picture individually is more 
profitable. 

They do admit that, however, on 
subsequent runs, salesmen fre- 
quently sell four, five or more films 
at one time. This, they maintain, 
is merely a matter of convenience, 
but that each picture is on a sepa- 
rate contract and, in compliance 
with terms of the anti-trust de- 
cree, the sales of one film is not 
contingent on an exhib buying any 
other. 

Likewise admitted are occasional 
over-exuberances by salesmen in 
the field. It is entirely possible, 
distrib execs say, in that working 
out a deal a salesmen may shade 
the terms on one film in order to 
close a contract on another. De- 
spite the strict instructions from 
the h.o. that they are not to in- 
dulge in this practice, it is in- 
evitable, it is said, when two men 
sit across a desk working out a 
deal. 

Exhib complaints concerning ef- 
forts at block-selling have been 
rare, sales chiefs state, with the re- 
cent disclosure of a number of 
specific instances in an Allied bul- 
letin the first public squawk. What 
few complaints there have been 
have been made to branch mana- 
gers and quickly adjusted on a lo- 
cal level. 

Accent on Subsequents 

Any block selling of this brand 
that has taken place has applied 
only to subsequents, it is said. The 
later the run, the more likely it is. 
It results from the fact that the 
branches, to keep step with avail- 
abilities, naturally sell the big first- 
run accounts first. This frequently 
causes four or five pix to pile up 
before a salesman has a chance to 
get around to the later runs. When 
he does, as a matter of conveni- 
ence, he makes contracts for all 
available films at one time. 

It is admitted by some majors 
that the visits by salesmen to late- 
run exhibs have been getting far- 
ther and farther apart. Instead of 
calling on them perhaps once a 
month, the salesman may get 
around only once in two or three 
months. This saves him time and 
trouble by giving him a multiplic- 
ity of pix to peddle at one swoop, 
and has perhaps brought about the 
charges of block selling, distribs 
declare. 

Since every film must be trade- 
shown before it can be offered an 
exhib, the old style block booking 
and blind buying of a whole sea- 
son's product in advance is im- 
possible. Distribs make every ef- 
fort to tradeshow pix early, so 
salesmen can start getting their 
contracts as soon as possible, but 
it is physically impossible for more 
than a handful of films to pile up. 



Albany Zone's $10,000 
Goal for Saranac Drive 

Albany, Aug. 10. 
Drawings in the $5,000-value 
giveaways now being promoted in 
the Albany exchange district for 
the Will Rogers Memorial Hospital 
will take place at a film dance in 
the ballroom of the Ten Eyck hotel 
Nov. 6. Jack Bullwinkle, chairman 
of the ticket committee, and 
Charles A. Smakwitz, head of the 
theatres section, are in charge. Tap 
is $3. 

Some 1,500 books of tickets were 
distributed at a meeting of branch 
managers and salesmen in the 20th- 
Fox projection room last week. 

A Buick sedan will be the top 
prize among 25. General Chair- 
man Rav Smith hopes to raise 
$10,000 as the district's contribu- 
tion to the national goal of $170 - 
000 for the Saranac Lake Hospital. 
Now operating at . half capacity, 
due to limited funds, it will be 
closed on Oct. 31, unless fresh 
money is raised. 



Krushen's Bally Trek On 
2 UAers for SW Preems 

Mori Krushen, United Artists ex- 
ploitation chief, left New York for 
Dallas Monday (9) to put the 
finishing touches on the campaign 
for the four-state preem of "Red 
River." Film will have the first of 
some 250-300 engagements Aug. 26 
in Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico 
and Kansas houses. 

Krushen will be away a week. 
While there, he'll also eye the 
world preem of "Texas, Brooklyn 
and Heaven" at the Palace, DaUas, 
tomorrow (Thursday). Guy Madi- 
son and producers Edward and 
Robert Golden are expected to be 
on hand. 



M-€'s 'Foolproof 
Bidding System 

Metro has swung into a "fool- 
proof" system of selecting winning 
bidders in those- 150 situations 
where it sells its product competi- 
tively, William F. Rodgers, com- 
pany's distribution' veepee, dis- 
closed this week. Adopting a 
technique used by U. S. Govern- 
ment agencies on bids to avoid 
leaks, Rodgers has ordered all ex- 
changes to keep bids sealed until 
one day past the deadline. They 
must then be opened in the pres- 
ence of more than one exchange 
official. 

While not so stating directly, the 
Metro topper intimated that some 
exhibs previously may have been 
tipped off as to previously turned 
in offers of competitors. There 
have been instances in the past, 
Rodgers explained, where bids 
proffered a half-hour before dead- 
line beat out rivals by a mere frac- 
tion. Metro's action, he said, "is 
to assure exhibitors that there is 
no danger of a leak and to con- 
vince them that they'll get a fair 
shake." 

Attacking the impression of "some 
people that we have a bonanza" 
in competitive bidding, Rodg- 
ers said his company had no real 
evidence that the method means 
higher rentals. Real reason for 
the use of bids is to solve the 
product problem in troublesome 
areas, he stated. "We do not seek 
(Continued on page 18) 



UA DISTRIBS 2D ISRAEL 
SHORT, 20TH HAS 1ST 

Second documentary one-reeler, 
"Israel Today," produced by 
Palestine Films, will be released in 
the U. S. on a regular commercial 
basis by United Artists. Deal for 
permanent handling of the docu- 
mentaries by UA is currently pend- 
ing upon confabs between Norman 
Lurie, head of Palestine Films, and 
Joseph Krumgold for a financial 
setup to insure continued produc- 
tion of the reels. 

Initial film by the Palestine out- 
fit, is now being distributed on a 
gratis basis to exhibs by 20th-Fox. 
Spyros P. Skouras, 20th prexy, had 
to receive special permission from 
Richard de Rochemont, March of 
Time producer, to issue the Pales- 
tine film on a one-shot basis. Un- 
der new setup, UA will only give 
physical distribution for the sh*rt, 
with Jewish organizations in the 
U. S. to do the selling to nabe 
exhibs for a flat fee. 



Darnell in Tire' 

Hollywood, Aug. 10. 

Linda Darnell will star in "Fire," 
based on the Random House book 
of the month selection- authored 
by George R. Stewart and pur- 
chased last week by Sam Engel 
for 20th-Fox. 

Story will be made as a factual 
film with the cooperation of the 
U.S. Department of Forestry. 



G'S TO A'S RANGE 
IMG PLUS 

Industry observers see films 
gradually dividing themselves into 
three distinct budget categories — 
those that cost $100,000 to $125,000, 
those that come in at $400,000 to 
$600,000, and those that hit the 
cash drawer for $750,000 and over. 

General distinctions along this 
line have always existed, it's said, 
but have recently become very 
sharp with costs up, the domestic 
b.o. soft and the foreign market 
questionable. Thus, a producer 
must definitely decide what he's 
going to aim for and keep his budg- 
et closely in line with that aim. 

The lowest category has a certain 
beauty about it' as far as either 
indie producers ' or • major lots are 
concerned. That is that they have 
very little chance of losing money. 
No matter how bad they are — with- 
in reasonable limits, of course— 
they'll turn in rentals of $200,000 
to $250,000, the same as better pix 
in the category that are handled by 
one of the more important distribu- 
tion outfits, whether major or 
minor. 

On the other hand, just as the 
losses are limited, so are the 
profits. These "C" films, unlike 
those in the $400,000 - $600,000 
group, find it impossible to rise 
above their class. They are defi- 
nitely limited in the number and 
type of theatres they can play and 
no amount of salesmanship or ex- 
ploitation can do much to improve 
their grosses. The $20'0,000-$250,000 
(Continued on page 24) 



Pars TV Fib 
Pickup Now Down 
To 20 Seconds 



After more than two years of 
intensive engineering research and' 
experiments, Paramount has its 
Intermediate film - wide screen 
television perfected to such a de- 
gree that it is virtually simul- 
taneous with" actual televising of 
a public event. Recent tests have 
shown an actual time lapse of 
only 20 seconds between the time 
the event is picked up by TV 
camera and when it is actually, 
shown via film on a theatre's 
screen. Previously the best time 
was a little under 60 seconds. This 
means that Par is able to pick up 
a TV event on film negative, have 
the picture developed and ready 
to project on the screen within 
a space of less than third of a 
minute. 

Marvel of this new achievement 
is that such quick reproduction is 
done without distortion, televised 
event coming out with rare fidel- 
ity, just as picked up by the TV 
camera. Previously, faster time 
than 60 seconds had been made 
with the Par Intermediate film 
method but it did not show up on 
the screen with the required 
clarity. 

New achievement means that 
Paramount is the first major pic- 
ture company to have wide-screen 
(Continued on page 16) 



n 

Hollywood, Aug. 10. 
Eclipse Productions has been 
formed by Dorothy Colin with 
Michael Colin as executive pro- 
ducer and Leslie Urbach as dialog 
director. Firm will make television 
films. 

First telepic is a 'comedy, 
mystery half-hour show featuring 
a husband and wife team and a 
missing clue gimmick for audience 
participation. Jeff Corey, Keith 
Hetherington, Joe Warfield, Martha 
Montgomery, Kay Christopher and 
Dana Knight appear in film which 
Floyd Crosby lensed and Lee Loeb 
scripted. 



Rank Set to Launch Big-Screen TV 
In His Bid for World Video Lead 



Coslow-Frank's Musical 
Shorts Series for NBC-TV 

Hollywood, Aug. 10. 

Sam Coslow and George Frank 
last week inked a deal with NBC 
Television calling for delivery of a 
series of musical shorts. NBC pre- 
viously had entered into a similar 
agreement with Jerry Fairbanks, 
who is turning out a batch of 
dramatic pix for the net. 

With their new firm recently in- 
corporated as Telefeatures, Inc., 
prexy Frank and veepee-producer 
Coslow will go into production this 
month at" the Nassour Studios. 
Their first short will be a two- 
reeler tagged "Hollywood Brevi- 
ties," using a revue format Coslow 
is also filming an untitled full- 
length musical at the same lot in 
association with Noel Clarke for 
United Artists release. 

Shooting starts Aug. 26. Joseph 
Be~ne will direct 



Chi Houses Plan 
TV Into Theatres 



Chicago, Aug. 10. 

Chicago's leading theatre cir- 
cuits will install large screen 
video in Loop film houses this fall. 
Balaban & Katz chain have ordered 
66-second, telefilm - developing, 
processers and will show special 
events taken off the tele receiver, 
mainly from WBKB, the B&K- 
owned station. First theatre will 
probably be the Chicago, with 
other installations following. Cir- 
cuit will also use film flown from 
New York and Paramount's Hol- 
lywood, KTLA. 

Essaness Theatres, operator of 
the Oriental and Wood, is also con- 
templating special video projec- 
tions, and will probably use the 
Oriental, 3,400-seater. Essaness 
has no present tiein with any video 
station but it figures it will get the 
right of projection from one. or all 
of the network operations which 
are due on the air here within the 
next few months. RKO, which 
operates the Grand and Palace, has 
no immediate plans for theatre 
tele showings and neither docs 
Warner Bros.' local circuit. 



'PARADE' ESTABLISHES 
STATE'S NEW POLICY 

With "Easter Parade" racking 
up over $300,000, unprecedented 
gross for the theatre, at Loew's 
State, N. Y., in the first six weeks, 
Metro is convinced that a high- 
scale policy with topflight produc- 
tions is feasible at this former 
vaudfilm house. Big "if" of course, 
is whether the studios can con- 
tinue turning out big enough pic- 
tures to fill requirements. "Three 
Musketeers" (also M-G) opens La- 
bor Day weekend. 

One thing that "Parade" has 
done for the State is to set it up 
in the public's mind as a class de- 
luxer with higher scale and big pic- 
tures. Earlier weeks in run of 
"Parade" found considerable re- 
sistance to higher prices since the 
State seldom got more than $1.25 
top. In fact, it was this resistance 
that prompted the management to 
eliminate the $1.80 maximum for 
weekends after the first week. 



'Thunder' Starts Stephens' 
12 Picture Deal With SG 

Hollywood, Aug. 10. ' 

William Stephens opens his 12- 
picture production deal for Screen 
Guild release with "Thunder in 
the Pines," starting Aug. 25, on 
the Nassour lot. 

Second of the dozen will be 
"The Banana Fleet," based on a 
story by John Wilste, and third 
will be "Three-Alarm Fire," au- 
thored by Arthur Caesar. 



London, Aug. 3. 
Waiting for the go sign from the 
British government, J. Arthur 
Rank is all set to launch big-screen 
television, in his picture houses 
and to secure for Britain the lead 
in world video. 

From his experimental station 
on the site of the old Crystal 
Palace; Bank is daily transmitting 
to a specially equipped cinema in 
Bromley, Kent a few miles away, 
for which an experimental license 
has been granted. 

To this picture house Rank has 
taken Herbert Morrison, M.P., 
Lord President of the Council and 
right-hand man of Premier Attlee. 
Morrison's report to fellow mem- 
bers of the Cabinet of the excel- 
lence of the picture, which rivals 
the film for clarity, may lead to 
prodding of the government's Tele- 
vision Advisory Committee. 

For more than two years this 
committee has been talking around 
the problem, but has failed to re- 
solve different viewpoints within 
the industry, particular stumbling 
block being attitude of exhibs who 
fear growth of video might put 
them out of business. 

While sympathetic to this exhib 
viewpoint and not wanting to fall 
out with them, it is believed Hank 
is willing to talk a deal with the 
British Broadcasting Corp. on the 
supply of films if they'll give him 
the okay to go ahead with his big 
screen in some of his West End 
theatres, Once he gets that okay, 
Rank reckons he could equip the 
first theatre — probably the Tatler 
in Charing Cross Road — in three 
or four weeks*and others could be 
readied at short notice. 

Rank's policy on provision of 
films to the BBC, while breaking 
the barrier that exists at the mo-* 
ment, wouldn't cut across the in- 
terests of theatre owners, but 
would be to supply educational arid 
travel shorts which could he used 
to supplement the afternoon pro- 
grams put on for the benefit of 
youngsters. Occasionally, permis- 
sion might be given for a film to 
have its preem over the air, but 
that wouldn't be done unless the 
prior consent of the industry was 
obtained. 

Over $l,0M,»et> Outlay 
Since the end of the war, Rank 
has sunk a fortune in his television 
experiments and conservative esti- 
mates place the figure at consider- 
ably in excess of $1,000,000. A 
greenlight from the government 
now would involve considerable- 
expenditure, but would also give 
him an opportunity of recouping 
some of his cash by manufacturing 
transmission and other equipment 
for the wide-open export markets. 

In addition to their work on per- 
fecting the big screen, the back- 
room boys working at the research 
labs at Crystal Palace have mas- 
tered the method of canning tele- 
vision pictures as they, are re- 
ceived, thus enabling topical 
events, photographed through 
video cameras, to be screened at 
any time in the same way as news- 
reels. 

Details of the way in which the 
Rank Organization would use the 
television medium in its theatres 
have still to be worked out, hut as 
seen at the moment would be com- 
plementary to the film program, 
although actual films would be tele- 
vised instead of being run through 
the projection box. 



Lund Switching Roles 
In Paramount's 'Mask' 

Hollywood, Aug. 10. 

Paramount is shifting John 
Lund, originally cast in a sec- 
ondary spot in "A Mask for Lu- 
cretia," to the top role of Caesar 
Borgia, Which Ray Milland ducked 
and drew a consequent suspension 
from the payroll. 

Lund recently impressed the 
studio toppers by his work in "A 
Foreign Affair" and "The Tatlock 
Millions." Filming of "Lucretia," 
delayed by the Milland suspea- 
sion, starts Aug. 26. 



"BEYOND GLORY ALAN LADD - DONNA REED ^george macready 

GEORGE COULOURIS • HAROLD VERMILYEA • HEN$Y TR AVERS • produced by ROBERT FELLOWS * „„ JOHN FARROW 

Original Screenplay by Jonathan lotimer. Chart** Marqoit Warren anil William WUter Haine* 



Wednesday, August 11, 1948 



PICTURE GROSSES 



11 



Chi Still Brisk; Heidt Amateurs 
Help life,' Rousing $70,000, 'Island' 
30G S Teudin" 15G, Belle No Lulu 9G 



Chicago, Aug. 10. + 
The Loop is entering its fourth I 
week of sock business with the 
Oriental taking over leadership 
from (he Chicago. Former looks 
great $70,000 with "Time Of Your 
Life" and Horace Heidt amateurs 
on stage. "On An Island With You" 
at Slate-Lake appears strong at 
$30,000. "Feudin', Fightin' " is 
neanng neat $15,000 at Grand. 
"Lulu Belle" at the Apollo doesn't 
look good at $9,000. 

Holdovers are strongest in six 
months, with "Emperor Waltz" in 
fourth week leading at hefty $47,- 
000. "Paradine Case" ending its 
fifth at the Woods looks staunch 
$18,000. "Melody Time" at Palace, 
in second week* still is solid with 
$18,000. "So Evil My Love" shapes 
fair $14,000 at United Artists for 
second week. 

Estimates for This Week 

Apollo (B&K) (1,400; 50-98) — 
"Lulu Belle" (Col). Light $9,000. 
Last week, "Dude Goes West" 
(Mono) and "Wouldn't Be In Your 
Shoes" (Mono), $7,000. 

Chicago (B&K> (3,900; 50-98) — 
"Emperor Waltz" (Part with Har- 
monieats oustage (4th wk). Solid 
$47,000. Last week, $52,000. 

Garrick (B&K) (900; 50-85) — 
"Hired Wife" (U) and "Told That 
Ghost" (U) (reissues). Mild $7,500. 
Last week, "Next Time We Love" 
(U) and "High Seas" (Col) (re- 
issues i, $7,500. 

Grand (RKO) (1,500; 50-98) — 
"Feudin', Fussin* " (U). Trim $15,- 
000. Last week, "Big City" (M-G), 
$12,000. 

Oriental (Essaness) (3,400; 50-98) 
—-"Time of Life" (UA) with Horace 
Heidt's amateurs on stage. Gigan- 
tic $70,000. Last week, "Street 
With No Name" (20th) with Keenan 
Wynn topping stagebill (2d wk), 
fine $46,000. 

Palace (RKO) (2,500; 50-98)— 
"Melody Time" (RKO) (2d wk). 
Tidy $18,000. Last week big 
$26,000. 

Roosevelt (B&K) (1,500; 50-98)— 
"Best Years" (RKO) (2d wk). Mod- 
est $11,000. Last- week, okay $14,- 
500 

State-Lake (B&K) (2,700; 50-98) 
—"On Island With You" (M-G>. 
Nifty $30,000. Last week, "Key 
Largo" (WB) (2d wk), big $24,000. 

United Artists (B&K) (1,700; 50- 
98 1 — "So Evil My Love" (Par) (2d 
wk). Fair $14,000. Last week good 
$17,500. 

Woods (Essaness) (1,073; 98) — 
"Paradine Case" (SRO) (5th wk). 
Final week looks strong $18,000. 
Last week, $21,000. 

World (Indie) (587; 77)— "Kings 
Jester" (Indie). (3d wk). Trim 
$2,400. Last week, $3,000. 

'So Evil' Good $19,000 In 
St. Loo; 'Street' Dull 18G 

St. Louis, Aug. 10. 
Combo of cool weather and new 
screen fare is not sufficient to off- 
set slack biz at the cinemas here 
this week. "So Evil My Love," with 
a nod from the crix, is headed for 
the best take. "Time of Your 
Lite'' is runnerup and nearly as 
solid. 

Estimates for This Week 
Ambassador (F&M) (3,000; 50-75) 
—"So Evil My Love" (Par) and 
"King of Gamblers" (Rep). Nice 
$19,000. Last week, "Deep Waters" 
(20th i and "Mine Own Execution- 
eer" (20th) mild $15,000. 

Fox (F&M) (5.O00; 50-75)— "Win- 
ner's Circle" (20th) and "Street No 
Name" (20th). Modest $18,000. Last 
week. "Key Largo" (WB) and 
"Checkered Coat" (20th) (2d wk), 
sock $24,000. „ 

Loew's (Loew) (3,172; 50-75) — 
"Time of Life" (UA) and "Thunder- 
hoof" (Col). Trim $18,000. Last 
week, "On Merry Way" (UA) and 
"Dragnet" (SG), $18,000. 

Missouri (F&M) (3,500; 50-7o>— - 
"Fuller Brush Man" (Col), and 
"Fort Apache" (RKO) (m.o \ (3d 
Wk). Fine $8,000 after $10,000 for 
second session. 

Orpheiim (Loew) (2,000; 50-75 - 
"Easter Parade" (M-G). (m.o.) <2d 
Wk). Fast $8,500 following fine 
$11,000 opener. 

St. Louis (F&M) (4,000; 50-60)— 
"Bambi" (RKO) and "Arizona 
Ranger" (reissues) (RKO). Mild 
$6,000. Last week, "Happened One 
Night" (Col) and "Penny Serenade 
(CoK (reissues), $7,000. 

Shuhert (fed) (1.500; 40-60 — 
"Flowing Gold" (WB). and "City »f 
Conquest" (WB) (reissues) 
$5,000. Last week, 
(RKO) (m.o.) same. 



Broadway Grosses 

Estimated Total Gross 

Last Week $571,000 

(Based on 14 theatres) 

Last Year . .$697,000 

(Basea on 18 theatres ) 



'Paradine' Best 
Bet in DX., $23, 



Washington, Aug. 10. 
"Mr. Blandings Dream House" 
promotion campaign caught on well 
here to push it to big opening 
frame at Keith's and a healthy 
second week currently. "Paradine 
Case" looks top newcomer with 
sock round at the Palace. "Deep 
Waters" looks excellent at the Cap- 
itol. » 

Estimates for This Week 
, Capitol (Loew's) .(2,434; 44-80)— 
"Deep Waters" (20th). Excellent 
$29,000., Last week, "Furnace 
Creek" (20th), $23,000. 



'Largo' Lush 8|G, Omaha 

Omaha. Aug, 10. 

"Key Largo" and "On an Island 
With You" are running far ahead 
of other newcomers this week, 
former being especially big gross 
at Brandeis in some time. 

Estimates for This Week 

Brandeis (RKO) (1,500; 16-65) — 
"Key Largo" (WB) and "Heart of 
Virginia" JRep). Big $8,500, and 
maybe holdover. Last week, "Mel- 
ody Time" , (RKO), $8,200. 

Paramount (Tristates) ((2,800; 16- 
65)-*-"On Island With You" (M-d 
Solid $11,000. Last week, "Easter 
Parade" (M-G) (2d wk), surprising 
$10,200. 

State (Goldberg) (865; 16-65)— 
"Big City" (M-G) and "Old Los An- 
geles" (Rep). Fine $5,000 or close. 
Last week, "Summer Holiday" 
tM-G) (2d wk), $3,500. 

Omaha (Tristates) (2,100; 16-65) 
—"Valley of Giants" (WB) and 
"Fighting 69th" (WB) (reissues). 
Good $10,000. Last week, "The 
Smugglers" (EL) and "Lead Sol- 
diers" (20th), fair $9,000. 

Orpheum (Tristates) (3,000; 16- 
65) — "Wallflower" (WB) and 
"Shaggy" (Par). Okay $10,000 or 
over. Last week, "Dude Goes 
West" (Mono) and "Hunted" 
(Mono), $11,000. 



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N. Y. Dates Up 'Judy,' Sock $153,000; 
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Kansas City, Aug. 10. 
Theatre wickets are perking up 
on current bills, town having one 



Columbia (Loew's) (1.263; 44-70) oi its better summer N -weeks. 
—"Easter Parade" (M-G) (2d wk). Weather is moderate "Fuller 
Good $8,000 for fourth downtown Brush Man," smash at Midland, 
week. Last week, $10,000. wil1 lal » d t°p money. Also sock is 

Dupont (F. W. Mann) (440; 50-85) ; Key ^ arg0 " at Paramount. "Ruth- 
-"Antoine *nd Antoinette" (Indie) ! Jf*"" new solo policy at 

(Mwk, Nice $3,000. Last week, j ^^g^gA^j* 45 

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$22 000 so '° B "l jn S ls temporary change in 

Metropolitan (WB) 1.163; 44-70) P°l iCy v F W » ^hr^S' 
-"Bring 'Em Back Alive" (RKO) I £ r •SfS'Sj (U 2?non JUDgle 
(reissue). Fine $8,000. Last week, ! Te ™' W) (reissue), $4,000. 



Raw Deal" (EL), $8,500. 

Palace (Loew's) (2,370; 44-74)— 
"Paradine Case" (SRO). Sock $23,- 
000. Last week, "On Merry Way" 
(UA), good $15,000. 

Warner (WB) (2,154; 44-74) — 
"Key Largo" (WB) (2d wk). Sturdy 
$18,000. Last week, terrific $25,000. 



Cool Spell Perks Mpls.; 
'Parade' in Lead, 18G; 
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Minneapolis, Aug. 10. 
Exceptionally cool weather has 
been and continues to be a box- , , 

office tonic here, with biz looking feature policy here, sturdy $6,500 
up again after several weeks. At " ' 



Midland (Loew's) (3570; 45-65)— 
"Fuller Brush Man" (Col) and 
"Thunderhoof" (Col). Red Skel- 
ton's "Fuller" getting smash $20,- 
000, and possible holdover. Last 
week, "Best Years" (RKO), first 
RKO 'release in this hguse, nifty 
$19,000 at regular scale. 

Orpheum (RKO) (1,900; 45-65)— 
"Four Faces West" (UA) and 
"Blackmail" (Rep). Okay $11,000. 
Last week, "Melody Time" (RKO) 
and "Mystery in Mexico" (RKO) (2d 
wk), trim $10,500. 

Paramount (Par) (1.000; 45-65) 
"Key Largo" (WB). Fancy $18,000 
and will hold. Last week, "Dream 
Girl" (Par), $14,000. 
Roxy (Durwood) (900; 45-65)— 
Ruthless" (EL). Starts new single 



Okay 
"The Fugitive" 



trading thousands of visitors 
American Legion state convention 
is no help currently. Trio of par- 
ticularly outstanding newcomers, 
"Easter Parade," "Key Largo" and 
"Best Years," also are helping. All 
are big. 

Estimates for This Week 
Century (Par) (1,600; 50-70) — 
"Shaggy" (Par) and "Bill and Coo" 
(Rep). First new pix combo here 
in weeks. "Bill and. Coo" getting 
praise but yanked after 6 days.* 
Thin $3,500. Last week, "Beyond 
Glory" (Par) (2d wk), oke $6,500, 
giving it sock $26,000 for fortnight 
downtown. 

Gopher (Par) (1,000; 40)— "Tar- 
zan's Secret Treasure" (M-G) and 
"Tarzan's.N. Y. Adventure" (M-G) 
(reissues). Looks mild $3,000. Last ' 
week, "Are You With It" fU), weak 
$2,500 in 6 days. 

Lyric (Par) (1,000; 50-70)— "Mr. 
Blandings" (SRO) (4th wk>. Healthy 
$4,000. Last week. $5,000. 

Radio City (Par) (4,400; 50-70)— 
"Easter Parade" (M-G). Stout 
$18,000. Last week, "Dream Girl" 
(Par), light $13,000. 

RKO-Orpheum (RKO) (2,800; 50- 
70)— "Key. Largo" (WB). Sock $15,- 
000 or near. Last week, ."Return of 
Bad Mea" (RKO). good $12,000. 

RKO-Pan (RKO) (1.600; 50-70)— 
"Return Bad Men" (RKO) (m.o.). 
Fair $5,500 in 6 days. Last week, 
"Melody Time" (RKO) (2d wk), 
brisk $7,500. 

State (Par) (2,300; 50-70)— "Best 
Years ' (RKO) (3d run). First show- 
ing at pop prices. Fast $12,000. 
Last week, "All My Sons" (U), 
$11,000. 

Uptown (Par) (1,000; 44-60) — 
"Fuller Brush Man" (Col). First 
nabe showing. Big $4,500 in pros- 
pect. Last week, "Romance Higli 
Seas" (WB), fair $3,500. 

World (Mann) (350; 50-85) — 
"Anna Karenina" (20th) (2d wk). 
Has built steadily. Still punching 
hard at $3,000. Last week, big $4,- 
000 and over hopes. 



Last week, "Intermezzo" (FC) and 
"Rebecca" (FC) (reissues), $5,000. 

Tower - Uptown - Fairway (Fox 
Midwest) (2,100, 2,043, 700; 45-65) 
— "Up in Central Park" (U). Only 
moderately good at $15,000. Last 
week, "Abbott - Costello Meet 
E/ankenstein" (U), fancy $20,000 in 
8 days. 



New Films Boost Cincy; 
Great Campaign Lifts 
'Canon to Sock $15,000 

Cincinnati, Aug. 10. 

No beefs from exhibs at this 
stage of 'dog days about biz gener- 
ally. Of four new bills, all velvety. 
"Return of Bad Men" is edging, 
"Canon City" for front money but 
"C a n o n" comparatively is far 
stronger. "Deep Waters" has a 
shade on "Man-Eater of Kumaon," 
other fresh entrants. "Easter Pa- 
rade" continues plenty solid in 
third week to easily face .holdovers. 
Estimates for This Week 

Albee (RKO) (3,100; 50-75)— "Re- 
turn of Bad Men" (RKO). Solid 
$16,000. Last week, "Black Ar- 
tow" (Col), $14,000. 

Capitol (RKO) (2,000; 50-75) — 
"Easter Parade" (M-G) (3d wk). 
Sugary $11,000, after socko $16,000 
second round. 

Grand (RKO) (1,400; 50-75) — 
(Continued on page 20) 



Estimates Are Net 

Film gross estimates as re- 
ported herewith from the vari- 
ous key cities, are net, i.e., 
without the 20% tax. Distribu- 
tors share on net take, when 
playing precentage, hence the 
estimated figures are net in- 
come. 

* The parenthetic admission 
prices, however, as indicated, 
include the U. S. amusement 
tax. 



Extended cool spell with several 
rainy days and helped by arrival 
of seven new bills is Brightening 
Broadway firstrun picture this 
stanza. The temperature ranged 
several degree below normal for 
this time of year most of last week, 
keeping thousands in town and 
away from resort spots. Many 
went to film theatres. However, 
N. Y. deluxers had to contend with 
(wo big league baseball games 
(Giants and Dodgers),' former with 
a doubleheader, last Sunday (8), 
but mild weather kept the day 
above par for a summer Sabbath. 

With the Music Hall, Paramount 
and Roxy all launching new shows, 
the Street was assured of having 
strong returns. . "Date With Judy," 
with Jubilee revue boosting N. Y. 
50th anni onstage, opened unusual- 
ly well and will land the Music 
Hall a great $153,000 first week. 

"Beyond .Glory" plus stagebill 
headed by Peggy Lee, Jan Murray, 
Ray Eberle band, is giving the 
Paramount one of its biggest open- 
ing weeks, with about $100,000 in 
prospect. Par launched this picture 
in big league style, with West 
Point upperclassmen • guests of 
honor Tuesday (3) night. 

"Walls of Jericho," with Dick 
Haymes, Tommy Trent, iceshow 
on stage, looks to hit smash $116,- 
000 opening week at Roxy, this be- 
ing particularly good in view of 
crix barbs. "Four Faces West" is 
doing little with $15,000 at Globe, 
and stays only four days of second 
frame. 

"Return of Bad Men" shapes 
fairly fine $25,000 at Mayfair, but 
won't go over two or three sessions. 
Bandbox Rialto has a winner with 
"Gung Ho" and "Eagle Squadron," 
reissues, at $15,000 or over. Palace 
found "Best Years"-"Big Punch" 
not holding up and brought in 
"Four Feathers"-"Drums," reissue 
combo, for final two days of 6-day 
week, doing a, stout $10,000. House 
.was closed yesterday (Tues.). to 
ready it for WJZ television preem 
tonight. 

Capitol is feeling fresh competi- 
tion of current week, tumbling 
abruptly to $85,000 in second week 
of "Island With You" and "Stop 
Music" radio show on stage. First 
was big $101,000. "Babe Ruth 
Story" also is down sharply at $23,- 
000 in second Astor week. "Key 
Largo" with Count Basie band still 
is strong at $58,000 in fourth week 
at Strand, and" goes six. "Abbott 
Costello Meet Frankenstein" looks 
fancy $28,000 in second Criterion 
week. 

"Mr. Pieabody and Mermaid" 
opens Friday (13 » at Winter 
Garden. Globe brings in "Escape" 
Saturday (14). 

Estimates for This Week 

Astor (City Inv.) '(1.300; 70-$1.50) 
—"Babe Ruth Story" (Mono) (3d 
wk). Second session- ended last 
Monday (9) did not hold up well at 
sturdy $23,000 after first week went 
to big $36,000. Stays on, indef. 

Capitol (Loew's) (4,820; 80 
$1.50)— "Island With You" (M-G) 
with "Stop Music" radio show on- 
stage (2d wk). Initial holdover 
round not holding up as well as 
had been hoped at $85,000. First 
went to sock $101,000, above' hopes, 
with continued rainy weather a 
formidable factor. Continues a 
third. 

Criterion (Loew's) (1,700; 70- 
$1.85) — "Abbott - Costello Meet 
Frankenstein" (U) (3d wk). Second 
stanza ended last (Tues.) night at 
nice $28,000 after first hit rousing 
$37,000. 

Globe (Brandt) (1500; 90-$1.50) 
—"Four Faces West" (UA) (2d wk- 
4 days). First week ended last 
Monday <9' hit only modest $15,000. 
In ahead, second week (5 days) of 
"Deep Waters" (20th) was slim 
$7,000. "Rope" (WB) is due to 
come in Aug. 26. "Four Faces' 
stays over only four days, with 
"Escape" (20th) opening Saturday 
(14). 

Mayfair (Brandt) (1,736; 90- 
$1.80) — "Return of Bad Men' 
(RKO) (2d wk). First stanza ended 
last (Tues.) night was fairly nice 
$25,000. In ahead, "Time of Life' 
(UA) (10th wk-« days), okay $8,000 
"Bad Men" looks good for two or 
three weeks, with "Race Street' 
(RKO) due in next/ 

Palace (RKO) (1,700; 40-95)- 
"Best Years" (RKO) (2d run) and 
"Big Punch" (WB) (1st run) (4 
days) split with "Drums" (FC) and 
"Four Feathers" (FC) (reissues) (2, 
days). Strong $10,000 in 6 days, 
latter dual combo brought in when 
"Years" faltered. House closed 
yesterday (Tues.) while workmen 
readied house for preem of WJZ 
television today (Wed.). Last week 
"Regards to Broadway" (20th) and 



"Green Grass" (20th) (2d runs), 
$9,000. 

Paramount (Par) (3,664; 55-$1.50) 
—"Beyond Glory" (Par) with Peggy 
Lee, Jan Murray, Ray Eberle orch, 
heading stageshow (2d wk). First 
week soared to very big $100,000, 
after being given big teeoff on 
Tuesday (3) night, with West 
Point upperclassmen attending. 
Last week, "Foreign Affair" <Par) 
plus Jo Stafford, Sam Donahue 
orch (5th wk), $56,000 in abbre- 
viated 6'/S-day session. 

Radio City Music Hall (Rocke- 
fellers) (5,945; 80-$2.40) — "Date 
With Judy" (M-G) plus new stage- 
show including "Jubilee," revue * 
salute to N.Y. City's 50th anni. 
First week looks to hit great $153,- 
000. Holds, natch! Last week, sev- 
enth of "Emperor Waltz" (Par) and 
stageshow went to $116,000, a bit 
over hopes, making $980,000 for 
seven-week run, new 1948 high. 

Rialto (Mage) (594; 44-99)— 
"Gung Ho" (Ft) and "Eagle 
Squadron" (FC) (reissues). For first 
week ending next Friday <13) likely 
will soar to very, big $15,000 or 
over. Holds. Last week, "Money 
Madness" (FC) and "Blonde Ice" 
(FC) (2d wk), fine $8,000. 

Rivoll (UAT-Par) (2.092; 60- 
$1.25)— "So Evil My Love" (Part 
(3d wk>. Third round ending to- 
day (Wed.) Is down to $22,000, 
house feeling nearby competition; 
second was fine $27,000. "Velvet 
Touch" (RKO), in next, opens like- 
ly about Aug. 26. 

Roxy (20th) (5,886; 89*1,80)— - 
'Walls of Jericho" (20th) with Dick 
Haymes, Tommy Trent, ^Buster 
Shaver and iceshow on stage (2d 
wk). First frame ended last (Tues) 
night hit smash $11,000 despite 
hammering of film. Last, week, 
"Street No Name" (20th) with Cab 
Calloway, Vivian Blaine, Jackie 
Miles and iceshow (3d wk), big 
$93,000. 

State (Loew's) (3,450; 80-$1,50>— 
Easter Parade" (M-G) (7th wk). 
Sixth session ended last (Tues.) 
night wound up at $27,000 after 
very sturdy $36,000 for fifth. Con- 
tinues until end of month with 
'Three Musketeers" (M-G) due in 
for Labor Day^ opening likely to 
be Sept. 2 or 3. ' „ 

Strand (WB) (2,756; 76-$1.50)— 
'Key Largo" (WB) with stagebill 
topped by Count Basie. orch, Billie 
Holiday • (4th wk). Feeling new 
openings on Broadway but still in 
chips at $58,000. Last week was 
fancy $68,000. Now set to go six 
weeks; original booking was for 
four. 

Winter Garden (UA) (1,312; 55- 
$1.25)— "Killers" (U) and "Brute 
Force" (U) (2d runs) (2d wk). Sec- 
ond stanza ending today (Wed.) 
still very good at $7,000. Stays * 
couple of extra days to open "Mr. 
Peabody and Mermaid" (U) on Fri- 
day (13 ). ' 

Bad Men Robust 
$15,500 in Philly 

Philadelphia, Aug. 10. 
City is glutted with holdovers, 
with the result that the few new- 
comers are stepping out In great 
style. Cool, rainy weather also is 
helping. Top newcomer is ''Fuller 
Brush Man" with sock session at 
Earle. "Return of Bad Men" also 
is in for rousing total at Stanton. 
"Up in Central Park" looks weak 
at the Boyd. ..*'■'. 

Best holdovers are "Date With 
Judy" at Fox and "Key Largo" at 
Stanley. 

Estimates for This Week 
Aldine (WB) (1,303; 50-94)— "The 
Pearl" (RKO). Mild $9,000. Last 
week, "Intermezzo" (UA) (reissue), 
good $13,500. 

Arcadia (S&S) (700; 50-94)— "Un- 
conquered" (Par). Disappointing 
$4,500. Last week, "Pirate" (M-G), 
fine $6,200. 

Boyd (WB) (2,350; 50-94)— "Up in 
Central Park" (U). Weak $14,000. 
Last week, "Paradine Case" (Par) 
(5th wk), big. $12,700. 

EarW (WB) (2,700; 50-94)— 
"Fuller Brush Man" (Col). Best of 
new pix. Sock $28,000 or over. 
Last week, "I, Jane Doe" (Rep) and 
"Old Los Angeles" (Rep), $13,000. 

Fox (20th) (2,250; 50-94)— "Date 
With Judy'! (M-G) (2d wk). ^Fairly 
good. $20,000. Last week, great 
$30,000. 

Goldman (Goldman) (1,000; 50- 
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Traditional cool week in August f 
hit town along with strong product 
to hypo takes in most theatres : 
'Key Largo" is on top at the Met, I 
with "Street of No Name" at the < 
RKO and "Time of Your Life" at 
the State and Orpheum running at 
stout levels. Others, especially 
"Canon City" on holdover 'at Par- : 
amount and Fenway, are okay. ' 
' Estimates lor This Week 

Astor (Jaycoxi (1,300; 40-80)—' 
"Fuller Brush Man" (Coll and 
"Adventures Silverado" (Coll. Skcl- 
ton film had a week at the State. 
" and Orpheum. Socko 312,000. Last 
week, "San Francisco" (M-G) ire- 
issue). $4,900. 

Boston (RKOi 13,200; 40-801— 
"Street No Name" (20th) and 
"French Leave" (Monoi. Fine $26,- 
000, and holds. Last week, "Man- 
Eater Kumaon" (Ui and "King of 
Gamblers" (Rep), $11,500. 

Exeter (Indie) 1 1,000; 45-751— 
"Hungry Hih" (Ui and "Smart 
Woman" (Mono). Not bad $4,000. 
Last week, "Take My Life" (EL) 
and "Great Waltz" (M-G) (reissue), 
$3,000. 

Fenway (M-P) (1,373; 40-80)— 
"Canon City" (ED and "Lady Mid- 
night" (ED (2d wki, good $5,000 
after $9,000, first. 

Memorial (RKO) (3,000; 40-80)— 
"Babe Ruth Story" (Mono) and 
"Devil's Cargo" (FC>. Opened to- 
day (Tues.). Last week "Melody 
Time" (RKO) and "Mystery in 
Mexico" (RKO) (2d wk>, solid $17,- 
000 in 6 days after big $20,000 
opener. 

Metropolitan (M-P) (4,387; 4CMf 
80) — "Key Largo!' (WB) and 
"Shanghai Chest" (Mono). Doing 
strong $28,000. Dr. I. Q. on Mon- 
day nights helping. Last week, 
"Foreign Affair" (Par) and 
"Shaggy" (Par) (2d wk), $16,800. 

Orpheum. (Loew) (3,000; 40-80) — 
"Time of Life" (UA> and "Thun- 
derhoof" (Col). Nfeely plugged and 
sturdy $17,000 looms. Last week, 
"Easter Parade" (M-G) (3d wk), 
$16,000. 

Paramount (M-P) (1,700; 40-80)1 
— "Canon City" <EL» and "Ladyj 
Midnight" (EL) (2d wk). Strong! 
$13,000 after big $16,000 first. 

State (Loew) (3.5(H); 40-80)— 
"Time of Life" (UA' and "Thun- 
derhoof" (Col>. So-so $9,000. Last 
week. "Easter Parade" (M-G) (3d 
wk), $7,300. 



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Estimated Total Gross 

This Week $2,379,000 

(Based on 19 cities, 176 
theatres, chiejly first runs, in- 
cluding N. Y.) 

Total Gross Same Week 
Last Year . $2,824,000 

(Based o)i 20 cities, 199 
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Portland, Ore., Aug. 10. 
"Key Largo'.' is coining the real 
I dough in town this week at the 
I Broadway. " "Melody Time" is 
doing nicely at Orpheum and 
: Oriental, while "Dream Girl" isn't 
so hot at Paramount. 
, Estimates for This Week 
, Broadway (Parker) (1,832; 50-85) 
I— "Key Largo" (WB) and "Ma-don- 
na Desert" (Rep). Torrid $17,000. 
Last week, "Another Part Forest" 
!(U) and "Are You With It" (U), 
■ disappointing $6,000. 
: Mayfair- (Parker) (1.500; 50-85) 
—"Letter Unknown Woman" (U) 
and "Police Reporter" (SG) (6 
| days). So-so '$4,000. Last week, 
"Sainted Sisters" (Par) and 
"Blonde Ice" (Indie), $5,600. 

Oriental (H-E) (2,000; 50-85) — 
"Melody Time" (RKO) and 
"Rocky" (Mono), day-date with Or- 
pheum. Fine $4,500. Last week, 
"Street No Name" (20th) and 
"Meet Me At Dawn" (20th), Par- 
amount, $3,800. 

Orpbemn (H-E) (1,750; 50-85)— 
"Melody Time" (RKO) and 
; "Rocky" (Mono), also Oriental. 
Soiid $9,500 or near. Last week, 
Louisville Aug 10 i " Dee P Waters" (20th) and "Count- 
Cooler weather is helping film ! terfeiters" <20th>_$6 700., 
houses here this week. Product ,,„ Param °H"',^ L ' ,3 ' 4 °° J 0 " 8 ,?^ 
quality is also on upbeat. Rialto "Dream Girl Par) and So Well 
with "Dream Girl" will lead the I Remembered" (RKO). Fairly good 
b.o. parade this week but not sock. $ 7 . 500 - Last street No 

National looks fine with "All My Name" (20th) and "Meet Me Dawn 
Sons." "Gallant Legion" shapes i (20th), $8,500. 

strong at Strand. United Artists (Packer) (895; 50- 

. . ™, ^ 85)— "On Island With You" (M-G) 

Estimates for This Week j (2 d wk). Sock $8,000. Last week, 
Brown (Fourth Avenue) ( 1,200; 1 torrid $13,000. 

45-65)— "Fort Apache" (RKO) and i " ■ 

"Lightning in Forest" (Rep) (m.o.). 
Neat $5,000. Last week, "Street No 
Name" (20th) and "Sweet Gene- 
vieve" (2flth) «n.o), $4,500. 

Kentucky (Switow) (1.200; 30-40) 
-"Sainted Sisters" (Par) and i 
"Lady From Shanghai" (Col).! 
Lively $3,000. Last week. "Uncon- 1 
quered" (Par) and "Who Killed 
*Doc' Bobbin" (UA), $3,200. 

Mary Anderson (People's) (1,100; ' 
45-«5)— "Key Largo" (WB) (2d wk), 
nice $7,000 after last week's sock i 
$9,000. 

National (Standard) (2,400: 45-65) I 
—"Alt My Sons" (U) and "Bad 
Sister" <U>. Fine $9,000. Last 
week, "Black Bart" <U> and "Dear 
Murderer" «U), medium $5,000. 

Rialto (FA) (3,400; 45-65) — 
"Dream Girl" (Par; and "Water- 
front at Midnight" (Par). Healthy 
$14,000 or near. Last week, "Fort 
Apache" (RKO) and "Lightnin' In 
Forest" (Rep), load $15,000. 

State (Loew's) (3,000; 45-65) — 
"Fuller Brush Man" (Col) and 
"Thunderhoor (Col) (2d wk). Good 
$12,000 after solid $21,000 first 
week. 

Strand (FA) (1,000; 45-65)— "Gal- 
lant Legion" (Rep) and "Eyes of 



LA. Still Forte; 'Walls' Not So Tall 
$59,000, Teudin" Not Fassy at 35^G, 
'16 Fathoms' Same, 'Affair 27G, 3d 

Los Angeles, Aug. 10.' (3d wk-4 days). Okay $7,000. Last 
Film theatre biz continues on the week, good $15,600. 
more cheery side currently al- Loyola (FWC) (1,248, 60-$l) — 
though new pictures are not rated "Walls Jericho" (20th) and "Your 
outstanding. Polio scare still is Shoes" (Mono). Medium $8,000. 
clipping juvenile trade. Easter week> "Escape" (20th ) and 

Parade" and "Life With Father," j "Fighting Back" (20th), light 
due in later in week, are figured ; $6400. 



larjo' Key Cleve. Pic, 
$27,000; Taradine' / 
M akes Case, Low. 256 

Cleveland. Aug. 10. 
It's hard "-to tell whether "Key 
Largo," which Is a . wow, .at the 
Hipp, or the fast -moving "Para- 
dine Case" at State will walk away 
with the jackpot currently. 'It's 
that close. "Black Arrow" ts also 
shooting higher than Palace's aver- 
age summer mark. Night baseball 
games at city's stadium continue to 
hack away at film biz. 

Estimates far This Week 
Alien (RKO) (3,000; 55-70) — 
"Four Faces West" (UA). Solid 
£13,500. Last week, "Deep Waters" 
(20th), $12,500. 

Hipp (Warners) (3,700; 55-70) — 
"Key Largo" (WB). Explosive 
$27,000, one of season's best. Last 
week, "On Merry Way" (UA), $16,- 
000. 

Lake (Warners) (800; 55-70) — 
"Street No Name" (20th) (m.o.). 
Smart $3,500 on fourth downtown 
Texas" (Rep). Strong $6,000" Last | lap following breezy $5,000 last 



i <HT II * D:_ ">tf week, "Berlin Express" (RKO) and 
, WallS Dig J£U "Main Street Kid" (Rep), 55,000. 



1ARG0' ROSY $20,000, 
BALTO* AIM' 01 14G 



Detroit, Aug. 10. 
With close to 100,000 auto work- 
ers jobless because of strikes and ■ 
parts shortages, and the hot 
weather prevalent, biz shapes on, 

? n riVHdLaT'is leader ^s S weeki Current listTfiXng aVlLt 

^th^WaRjericto 6 " a^'the Fox! ! battle with perfect weather which 

second. "Black Arrow" is fancy at | 's drawing hordes to nearby shore 

Palms-State. "Melody Time" looks : J^sor s and nicking the /l-impor- 

0 „nrf .ji Tin«*»di Ai-ffuit tant. weekend trade. Oat front in 

sol.d at United Aitists. . gnM ^ . g „ Rey hatgfj „ >t th<f 

Estimates for This Week Stanley. "Abbott and Costello Meet 

Adams (Ba)ab»n> (1,740; 70-S5V— Frankenstein" is still big at Keith's 
"Easter Parade" (M-G) (4th wk). I after one of best figures in recent 
Satisi'actorv $10,000 compared to ; months for first week. "Time 
good $13,000 third stanza. j Life" shapes mildish at Century 

Art Cinema (Marten) (459; 60-90)'; 
— "Spring" (Indie) and "Son of I 



week. 

Lower Mall (Community) (570; 
55-70) — "Carmen" (Indie) and 
"Open City" (Indie), Okay $3,700. 
Brought in last Saturday (7) with 
"Only Angels Have Wings" (Col) 
and "Coast- Guard" (Col) (reissues) 
pulled out after two days at only 
S500. Previously, "Happened One 
Night" (Col) and "One Night of 
Love" (Col) (reissues), moderate 
$3,500. 

Ohio (Loew's) (1,200; 55-70) — 
"Gallant Legion" (Rep). Neat $4- 
500 hn 5 days. Last week, "Search" 
(M-G), oke $8,500 in 9 days. 
Palace (RKO) (3,300; 55-70) — 
Black Arrow" (Col). Fairly good 



to brighten up things materially. 

"Walls of Jericho," which is get- 
ting moderate $59,000, is regarded 
as okay coin for the summer sea- 
son in five theatres. "Feudin,' Fus- 
sin' " shapes fairly good $35,000 in 
five houses, mostly small-seaters. 
"16 Fathoms" will do about the 
same in as many locations. 

Second round of "Melody Time" 
is doing alright $26500 in two 
spots. "Foreign Affair" likely will 
hit $274)00 in third week in two 
Paramount houses, - being big in 
Hollywood but way off downtown. 
Final five days of "Key Largo" 
shapes nice $25,500 in three sites. 
Estimates for This Week 

Belmont (FWC) (1,532; 60-$D— 
"16 Fathoms Deep" (Mono) and 
"Michael O'Halloran" (Mono). Okc 
$4,000 or near. Last week, "Canon 
City" (EL) and "Lady at Midnight" 
(EL) (2d wk), $2,000. 

Beverly Hills Music Hall (G&S- 
Blumenfeld) (826; 65-$! >— "Vicious 
Circle" (UA) and "Olympic Caval- 
cade" (UA). Dark $1,500. Last 
week, "Sea Spoilers" (Indie) and 
"Storms" (Indie) (reissues), slim 
$2,400. 

Carthay Circle (FWC) (1,518; 60- 
$1)— "Walls Jericho" (20th) and 
"Wouldn't Be in Shoes" (Mono). 
Medium $7,000. Last week, "Es- 
cape" (20th) and "Fighting Back" 
(20th), mild $5,400. 

Chinese (Grauman-WC) '2,048 
60-$D— "Walls Jericho" " 
"Your Shoes" (Mono). Average 
$14,000. Last week, "Escape" 
(20th) and "Fighting Back" (20th), 
light $10,300. 

Culver (FWC) (1,145; 60-$!)— "16 
Fathoms" (Mono) and "O'Halloran" 
(Mono). 'Nice $5,000. Last week, 
"Canon City" (EL) and "Lady 
Midnight" (EL) (2d wk), oke $3,000. 

Downtown (WB) (1,800; 60-$l>— . 
"Key Largo" (WB) and "Music j 
Man" (Mono) (4th wk-5 days),! 
Finals near $10,000. Last week, 
sharp $15,200. i 

Downtown Music Hall (Blumen-* 
feld) (872; 60-$D— "Vicious Circle"! 
(UA) and "Olympic Cavalcade"! 
(UA). Only $3,000. Last week, "Sea 
Spoilers" (Indie) and "Storm" 
(Indie) (reissues), $6,400. 

Egyptian (FWC) (1,538; 60-$D— Seattle, Aug. 10. 

"On Island With You" (M-Gi (3d Better weather is boosting biz 
wk-4 days). Okay $4,500. Last week, cenerally this" week. Actually, 
smart $8,600. 1 Seattle so far has had few hot days 

El Bey (FWC) (861; 60-$D— "16 , this summer. "Date With Judy" at 
Fathoms Deep" (Mono) and "Mi- 'Music Hall and "Melody Time" at 
chael O'Halloran" (Mono). Mod- 1 Fifth Avenue are top newcomers, 
erate $4,000. Last week, "Canon j both sock. "Key Largo" is biggest 
City" (EL) and "Lady at Midnight" ; moveover in months at Music Box. 
(ED (2d wk), oke $2,400). Estimates for This Week 



Regiment" (Indie*. Strong $4,200. 
Last week. "Tawny Pipit" (If) and 
• Hungry Hill" (U>, $4,000. 

Broadway-Capitol (United De- 
troit) (3,300; 70-95' — "Return of 
Bad Men" (RKO) and "Take My 
Wife" (EL) (2d wk>. Drop to $10 - 
000 compared w i t h surprisingly 
strong $16,000 first round. 

Downt*wn (Balaton) (2JS63; 70- 
95i_"Blood and Sand" (20tln and 
"Wake Up Screaming" (20th ! (re- eastern, 
issues). Fair $7,000. Last week,! welt at 



of $17,000. Last week, "Melody Time' 

Life" shapes mildish at Century, j <»«». ft ^'^S' 51 ^™ ' 
Estimates for This Week « 3,4*0; 55-70) - 

Century (Loew's-UA) (3.000; 20- Paradine Case fSKOK Burning 
60)— "Time of life" (UA). Fairish ! U E turnstiles, at $25,000. Last week, 



, $13,000. Last week, "Mr. 
| ings Builds Dream House" (SRO), 
I nice $18y800 in 10 days. 

HfppodrwMe (Banpaport) (2,240; 
20-70) — "Bring 'Em Back Alive" 
(RKO) (reissue) plus vaude. Not 
getting far at $14,000. Last week, 
"Raw Deal" (EL) and vaude, un- 
exciting at $13,000. 

Keith's (Schanberger) (2,460; 20- 
60)— "Abbott-Costello Meet Frank- 
(U) (2d wk). Holding very 
$8,000 after big $15,000 



You 



"Jassy" (U> and "Are 
It" JU) (2d wk>, $5,000. 

Fox (Fox-Michigan i (5,100: 70-95) 
—"Walls of Jericho" (20th) and 
"Checkered Coat" (20 th ). Big $32,- 
000. Last week, "Deep Waters 
(20th) and "King of Olympics 
(UA), $35,000. 

Michigan (U-D) (4.089; 70-95) — 
"Key Largo" (WB) and ' Wall- 
flower" (WB). Great $34,000. Last 
week. "Romance High Seas ( WB 
and "Big Punch" (WB) (2d wk>, 
okay $16,000. 

Palms-State (U-D' '2.716; 70-95) 
—"Black Arrow" (Col) and Blori- 
die*s Reward" (Coif- 
000. Last week, "Mr. Blandmgs 
(SRO) (2d wk), $15,000. 

United Artists (U-D> f2£76; 70 
95) — "Melody Time ' (RKO) 
"Old Los Angeles" 'RepJ 
$19,000. . Last week, Empeioi 
Waltz" (Par) and "Wat ^onl ^. 
night" (Par) (5th wk), $12,000. 



With 1 opener. 

Mayfair (Hicks) 
Big City" (M-G). 



Bi an d- 1 "Easter Parade" (M-G) (Zd wk). 
Excellent $18,500 for second lap. 

Stillman (Loew's) (2,700; 55-70) 
— "Easter Parade" (M-G) <m.o.). 
Powerful $12,000. Last week, 
"Crusades" (Par) (reissue), $8,500. 

'Way' Not So Merry At 
19G, Denver; 'River' 11G 

Denver, Aug. 10. 
"On Merry Way" is landing high 
money here at two theatres in a 



good for this stand. Last week, 
"Shaggy" (Par), $3,600. 
, New (Mechanic) (l,800r 20-6W— 
"Escape" (20th). Average $9,000. 
i Last week, second of "Deep Waters" 
1 (20th), ?«.<WO. 

i Stanley (WB) (3,280; 25-75)— 
j "Key Largo" (WB). Leading town 
[ with very rosy $20,000. Last week, 
"Romance High Seas" (WB) (2d 
'.»*>, all right $7,300. 
' .Town (Rappaport) (1,500; 35-65) 
j— "Babe Ruth Story" (Mono) (2d 
* vk), Maintaining steady pace at 



(280; 33-55) — 

Okay $7,000, 1 generally lukewarm session at most 



spots. "River Lady" looks mildish. 
Estimates for This Week 
Afaddili (Fox) -(1,400; 35-74)— 
"Street No Name" (20th) and 
"Shanghai Chest" (Mono) (m.o.). 
Fair $3,500. Last week, "Key 
Largo" (WB) and "Stage Struck" 
(Mono) (m.o.), $3,250. 

Broadway (Cinema) (1,500; 35-74) 
—"Best Years" (RKO) (7th wk). 
Good $7,000, and holding. Last 
week, about same. 
Denham (Cockrill) (1,750; 35-70) 
So Evil My Love" (Par) (2d wk). 



Million Dollar (D'town) (2,093; 
450-851— "Fuller Brush Man" (Col) 
and "Take My Life" (EL) (2d runs) 
with Toni Harper, Mickey Katz on 
! stage. Good $19,000. Lagt week, 
■ "Sign Wolf" (Mono) and "Stage 
! Struck" (Mono) (2d runs), with 
i Red Ingle, Dorothy Donegan on 
i stage, nice $14,000. 

Orpfaeu (D'town-WC) (2,210; 
6e-$l» — "Iff Fathoms Deep" 
(Mono) and "Michael O'Halloran" 
(Mono). Good $17,500. Last week, 
"Canon. City" (EL) and "Lady at 
Midnight" (EL) (2d wk), solid 
$10,300. 

Pantages (Pan) (2,812; 06-$l) 
—"Melody Time" (RKO) and 
"Mystery in Mexico" (RKO) (2d 
wk). Fair $13,000. Last week, nice 
$17,000. 

Paramount (F&M) (1,398; 60-$l) 
— "Foreign. Affair" (Par) and "Big 
Town Scandal" (Par) (3d wk). 
Lean $11,500. Last week, light 
$14,300. • 

Paramount Hollywood (F&M) 
(1,451; 60-$D— "Foreign Affair" 
(Par) (3d wk). Sock $1&,500. Last 
week, big $15,100. 

RKO Hflktreet (RKO) (2,890: 
60-30)— "Melody Time" (RKO) and 
"Mystery Mexico" (RKO) (2d wk). 
Fair $13,500. Last week, nice 
$19,fO0. 

Site (FWO (1,378; S0-$1>™ 
"Feadin,' Fussin' " (U) and "Bad 
.Sister" (U). Oke $7,000. Last 
(20th) and week, "Meet Frankenstein" <U> and 
"King Olympics" (DA) (2d wk), 
good $4 300 

Stndio City (FWC) (880; S0-$1) 
—"Feudin,' Fussin' " (U) and "Bad 
Sister" (U). Mild $4,500. Last 
week, "Meet Frankenstein" tU> and 
"King Olympics" (DA) (2d wk), 
$2,400. 

United Artists (UA) (2,100; 60- 
$1)— "Feudin/ Fussin'" (U) and 
(Continued on page 20) 



Seattle Goes For 

'My'Fat$15, 



— "Dreams Money Can Buy" (In- 
die) and "Girl of Canal" (Indie) 
(4th wk). Closes at $1,500. Last 
week, neat $2,200. 

Four Star (UA-WO (900; 60-$l) 
— "Seacch" (M-G) (8th wk). Up to 
$4,000. Last week, nice $3,700. 

Guild (FWC) (968; 60=$D — 
'Teudin' Fnssin'" (U) and "Bad' weak $$200 In S days. 

Abbott Costello Meet Franken, ; , »E>rea.m Gill" (Par). (2d wk). Slow 
J '■K»ng.9 , i' m P^ I $4,500 after only $8,2)0 last week. 



i "Smart Woman" (Mono) (3d wk). 
Good $3,500 in 5 days. Last week, 
very good $4,200. 

! Fifth Avenue (H-E) (2,349; 45-80) 
— "Melody Time" (RKO) and 
."Curley" (UA): Great $14,000. Last 
i week, "God's Country" (WB) and 
Flowing Gold" (WB) (reissues). 



stein" <U) and 
(UA) (2d wk). solid $3,000. 

Hawaii (G&S - Blumenfeld) (1,- 
10ft; «0-$D— "Vicious Circle" (UA) 
and "Olympic Cavalcade" (UA). 
Just $1,500. Last week, "Sea 
Spoilers" (Indie) and "Storm" (In- 
die) (reissues), modest $3,100. 

Hollywood (WB) (2,756; 60-$ 11— 
"Key Largo" (WBf and "Music 
Man" (Mono) (4th wk-5 days). Near 



Music Box (H-E) (800: 45-80) — 
"Key Largo" (WB> and "Fabulous 
Joe" (UA) (mjo.). Sock $6,500 for 
third downtown week. Biggest 
moveover in months. Last week, 
"Street No Name" (WB) (m.o.) oke 
$3,200. 

Musie Hall (H-E) (2,200: 45-80)— 
"Date With Judy" (M-G) and 
(Par). Smash $15,000. 



o* 1 fin «w«- Last week, solid , Last week "Etaperor Waltz" (Par) 

Vr m i %m : .... ! and "Wo»»a» in White" (WB) (5th 

Hollywood Music Hall (Blumen- wk), solid $5 300 
mfw <475 i. ^'-"yicious Circle" OtpheuM (H-E> (2,600; 45-80) — 
r a h d c ^ m P^ Cavalcade" ("Man-Eater of Ktintaon" (U) and 
L UA -V_Z2? n «, $1 i 0 , 0 - Las t week. "Sea, "Jinx Money" (Mono). M 
Spoilers" (Indie) and 
die) (reissues) 



and 
Solid 



$14,000 or less after big $19,600 , Tbin , ; 7 m Last we ck, good $11, 

500. 

Denver (Fox) (2,525: 35-74)— "On 
Merry Way" (UA) and "Code Scot- 
land Yard" (Rep), day-date with 
Esquire. Neat $15,500 or near. Last 
week, "Street No Name" (20th) and 
I (Continued on page 20) . . 



i opener. 

I Valencia (Loew's-UA) (1.780; 20- 
60)— "Mr. Blandings" (SRO) (m.o.). 
| Drawing very well after 10 days 
j immediately preceding in dovvn- 
! stairs Century, nice $9,000. Last 
1 week. "Easter Parade" (M-G) (m.o.), 
i $11,200. 



Storm 

$2,300 

Iris (FWC) (828; 60-85)— "Feud- 
in." Fussm' " (U) and "Bad Sister" 
(U). Mild $5,000. Last week, "Meet 
Frankenstein" tU) and "King Olym- 
pics" (UA) (2d wk). good $3,000. 

Laurel (Rosener) (890; 85) — 
' Raven" (Indie) and "Lover's Re- 
turn" (Indie) (2d wk). Big $5,000 
or near. Last week. $5,300. 

Loew's State (Loews-WC) (2,- 
404; 60-$D— "Walls Jericho" (20th) 
and 



Money" (Mono). Mild $7,000. 
(In- [Last week "Largo" (WB) and "Fab- 
ulous Joe" <UA>, (2d wk), nice 
$8,200. 

Palomar (Sterling) (1,350; 45-80) 
—"Lulu Belle" (Col) and "Heart of 
Virginia" (Rep), Good $6,500. Last 
week, "Tarzan Mermaids" (RKO) 
and "King of Bandits" (Mono*. (2d 
wk), nice $3,000 in 4 days. 

Paramount (H-E) (3,039; 45-80)— 
' Abbott - Costello Meet Franken- 
stein" (U) and "Stage Struck" 
(Mono) (2d wk). Okay $6,500 in 



nJ°V r ? h0es ," ( ,M ono) - , Mod e s t 1 6 days. Last week, big" $12,306. 
$22 ,-92?.' ?'?. st w eck. "Escape" (20th) Roosevelt (Sterling) (800- 43-80) 



and "Fiehting Back" (20th), moder- 
ate $17,800. 

Los Angeles (D'town-WO (2.- 



, The Search" (M-G). Modest 
$3,500. Last week, "Gung Ho" (FC) 
and "Eagle Squadron" (FC) (re- 



097; 90*$l)-4-Wa Islands (M-GHteswes) (£| wk), $3,000. 5 



14 



WgJuegtlay, August 11, I94J 



Which is the twin 
that takes 

p ■ 1 ', ■ : 

Vitamin M-G-M? 

* ** ■ 




The talk of New York's Film Row is the Preview of "JULIA MISBEHAVES" held 
last week at Loew's 72nd Street Theatre. Everything you've heard about Greer 
Garson's new picture is true. {What a cast! Greer Garson, Walter Pidgeon, Peter 
Ldwford, Elizabeth Taylor, Cesar Romero.) The audience was in hysterics from beginning 
to end. Nothing like it has been seen on the screen. A survey of the patrons by Motion 
Picture Research Bureau following the Preview yielded a new high in audience reaction. 
"JULIA MISBEHAVES" joins M-G-M's non-stop hit parade: "HOMECOMING", 
Frank Capra's "STATE OF THE UNION", Irving Berlin's "EASTER PARADE" 
(Technicolor), "A DATE WITH JUDY" (Technicolor), "ON AN ISLAND WITH 
YOU" (Technicolor), and soon "THREE MUSKETEERS" (Technicolor), "HILLS OF 
HOME" (Technicolor). PLENTY MORE VITAMIN M-G-M COMING! 

Extra at Press Time! "A Date With Judy" first 5 days at Music Hall sets new M-G-M all-time high! 

It's so good for what ails you! 



• «7 A « I I?T S ' LONDON orrir« 
1 Bt. Wiutluj l-iate, Trafalgar S«(ar* 



IINTERIVATTONAL 



IS 



ARGENT. 



Bombay Cracks Down on U.S. Films; 
Mex Pix Relieved of Special Tax 




, HOLDS COIN 



Washington, Aug. 10. « 
Producers and distributors of 
Mexican films have been exempted 
from paying the special mercantile 
income tax 1n the federal district, 
Commerce Dept. film chief Nathan 
Golden reports. New film enter- 
prises won't be exempt, however. 
It isn't known yet, Golden says, 
how U. S. film interests will be af- 
fected. 

Golden also reports that the 
Bombay government is moving in 
the direction of setting up a cen- 
tral censorship board for all India, 
to replace the present three boards 
in Bombay, Calcutta and Madras. 
The appointment of a central board 
has been urged by the industry be- 
cause each of the three boards use 
different standards. 

The Bombay government banned 
13 foreign films during the year 
ended March 31, '48, most of which 
were of U. S. origin. In addition, 
deletions were ordered from 86 
foreign films, mostly drinking 
scenes in Hollywood pix. Perhaps 
for the first time, says Golden, a 
kissing scene was asked to be cut 
from a U. S. feature. 

XJ. S. offerings didn't fare much 
better in Turkey, either, with at 
least three features turned down 
during the first six -months of 1948. 
"One was considered to constitute 
leftist propaganda," Golden re- 
ports; "One was rejected on the 
grounds that it carried religious 
propaganda, and the other was re- 
jected as' a result of representa- 
tions made by a friendly govern- 
ment which claimed that the film 
in question offended its national 
sentiments." 



Coin Freeze Puts 
Skids On U.S, Acts 

Sydney, July 28. 

Before leaving for London, ahead 
of sked, David Martin, head of 
Tivoli vaude-revue chain, said that 
he was now compelled to buy Brit- 
ish talent because the Aussie gov- 
ernment had further tightened up 
on dollars. Martin said he figured 
it wouldn't be long before the gov- 
ernment completely nixed take- 
away of any dollars from this zone 
by imported talent. Currently, it's 
possible to take out around $4,000 
after tour completion. 

Tivoli topper said that his Lon- 
don agents, Lew and Leslie Grade, 
had a big array of British talent 
keen to play Down Under. Gil 
Lamb, via a prior booking, planes 
in here next month to open a run 
at the Tivoli, Melbourne, with 
Sydney, Adelaide and Brisbane to 
follow. 

Ben Blue, currently sock hit over 
the Tivoli loop, has renewed con- 
tract with David Martin for addi- 
tional playing time in Sydney and 
Melbourne. Comic only came for 
a four week's' span. Looks like 12 
now. 



Ritchey Off on 2-Month 
O.O. of European Market 

Norton V. Ritchey, prexy of 
Monogram International, sailed 
last week on the America for a, 
two-month tour of Europe. First 
stop in his itinerary is London, 
where he will huddle with Pathe 
Pictures, Mono's . British distribu- 
tor, regarding release of fresh 
Mono-Allied Artist product. 

Following his London stopoff, 
Ritchey plans to fly to Rome and 
later will visit Switzerland and 
Paris as well as most of the con- 
tinent, with exception of territory 
served by the Motion Picture Ex- 
port Assn. MPEA handles Mono 
product in some overseas markets. 

Army S.S. Signs 
Pix, Radio Stars 
For Europe Trek 

Vienna, July 30. 

Special Services branch of the 
U. S. Army has signed up the big- 
gest lineup of screen, stage and 
radio stars to entertain troops in 
Europe since the end of the war. 

Already touring U. S. zones of 
.Germany and Austria or due to ar- 
rive shortly are Jack Benny and 
his troupe, including Mary Living- 
stone, Phil Harris; Alice Faye, 
Marilyn Maxwell and Frankie Rem- 
ley; Edgar Bergen, whose itinerary 
includes Berlin; Edward G. Rob- 
inson, Martha Raye'and Wallace^ 
Beery. Beery was a big hit in the 
zones last year and is making 25 
appearances this time. 

Incidentally, Katharine Hepburn 
lost some admirers among GIs in 
Vienna by announcing an appear- 
ance with local personnel - in "The 
Philadelphia Story," and then call- 
ing it all off after a lot of fanfare 
and publicity. ' 

Rex Stewart and his five-man 
combo are also booked for a three- 
month return tour. They're also 
playing Berlin. In Paris recently, 
Stewart completely reorganized his 
band. 



STRIKE AT ELSTREE 
ENDED IN 24 HOURS 

London, Aug. 10. 
Unofficial strike of 80 electri- 
cians at Metro Studios, Elstree, 
which began Aug. 5 was settled 
the following morning without 
causing any delay in production. 
Strike was sequel to dismissal of 
two electricians earlier in week 
and followed an hour's ultimatum 
to the management to reinstate i 

them. . . , I 

Metro Studio execs met officials 
of the Electrical Trades Union on | 
Friday (6) morning, and men 
voted for an immediate resump- 
tion of work. 

"Edward My Son," the M-G pic- 
ture, which is way ahead of sched- 
ule, was already off the floor, and 
the Hit*hcock unit, shooting "Un- 
der Capricorn," switched over lm 
mediately the strike began * 



British Newsreelers May 
Split After Pathe Move 

London, Aug. 10. 

Split in the ranks of the News 
reel Assn. is seen here as imminent 
following decisions of Pathe News 
to terminate as soon as possible the 
supplemental contract governing 
pools, a policy adopted on the out- 
break of war to save raw stock and 
continued ever since. 

Newsreel execs went to White 
hall this week to discuss the raw 
stock situation with Board of Trade 
film chief R. C. Somervell, but 
came away convinced that there 
was no hope of an improvement 
for some time to come. 

Meeting subsequently, the asso- 
ciation heard that the Pathe reps 
intended to terminate the contract, 
but in an effort to solve the diffi- 
culty that has arisen, it was agreed 
by all newsreel companies' that the 
pact should be continued for the 
time being. 




Korda Sells 4 Pix to BBC 

London, Aug. 3. 
Because the films had exhausted 
their audience potential in the 
London area, Sir Alexander Korda 
made a deal with the British 
Broadcasting Corp. for four Con- 
tinental pictures to be shown on 
television programs. With only one 
television transmitter working — at 
Alexandra Palace— video reception 
is restricted to the greater London 



. to! area. The films are "Les Enfants 
S Tcordhig and consequent- du Paradis," "Panique," "Open 
^ tost no production time i City" and "Les Portes de la Nuit." 



U.S. IN FUTURE 

Buenos Aire's, Aug. 6. 
Within the last eight days, U. S. 
distributors in Argentina have 
come to an agreement with the 
government here, giving them as- 
surance against any quota system 
for imports of foreign pix, such as 
has been predicted for some time. 
The agreement will allow the dis- 
tributors to import films freely to 
cover their requirements for the 
next nine months, on the basis of 
being allowed to remit blocked 
funds "as dollars are made avail- 
able by the Argentine Central 
Bank." 

The snag in this pact is that, for 
the time being at any rate, no one 
can tell when dollars will be avail- 
able. Much' depends on whether 
Marshall Plan dollars eventually 
are to be spent on the purchase of 
Argentine foodstuffs for Europe's 
distressed areas, at the prices 
which Argentina's economic czar, 
Miguel Miranda, has been trying 
to obtain. 

U. S. Ambassador James Bruce 
and Miranda have been battling 
over this for some time now. U. S. 
importers in Argentina are in a 
quandary as to their future or un- 
til some basis can be worked out 
between the two countries to ease 
the dollar shortage here. There is 
some hope that Ambassador 
Bruce's present trip to Washington 
"for consultation" may lead to 
something. 

As a result of the agreement, 
distributors have been removing 
prints from the customs in the past 
week. In some cases, these have 
been lying there for six months or 
more, awaiting the necessity gov- 
ernment permits. 

National producers have been 
fighting all along the line to try 
and intensify the Perph govern- 
ment's protectionist policy" and to 
establish even greater privileges 
for the local pix. However, until 
the Argentine studios are able to 
increase production considerably, 
there are insufficient pix to cover 
the national screens and justify im- 
position of a quota system. 

As one means of overcoming the 
blocked funds stymie, some local 
distributors have been importing 
film negative for local studios. In 
this way they use some of their 
blocked dollars, otherwise they can- 
not get a nickel out of the country. 
U. S. distributors have found par- 
leys with the economic bosses here 
pretty tough sledding. 

PARIS BANS SPORTS PIC 
FILMED BY NEWSPAPERS 

Paris, Aug. 3. 

A two-reel tinter shot by the 
Paris daily, Paris-Presse, showing 
the round-France, month-long bi- 
cycle race which just ended, has 
been suppressed at the request of 
the Newsreel Syndicate here. 

Syndicate protested on the 
grounds that an edict of the Petain 
regime, which hasn't been abol- 
ished, prevents the printed press 
from infringing of the province of 
the Filmed Press, as the newsreels 
style themselves. 

Stolz Clefs Army Short 

Vienna, July 30. 

Robert Stolz is writing the music 
for the third documentary to be 
done by U. S. Army's Information 
Services Branch. It is called "A 
Door Is Open," dealing with the 
work of American Information 
Centers in Austria. Versions are 
both in English and German. 

"Facts," the first ISB short, was 
about the occupation. The second, 
"Helping Hands," dealt with U. S. 
aid to Austria. "Facts" is currently 
showing in 450 Austrian cinemas in 
all four occupation zones to an esti- 
mated 600,000 people. 



U. S. Pix Grossing High in Iron Curtain 
Countries Despite Current Heatwave 



Russ Crow Over Color 
Cartoon, 'Frisky Colt' 

Stockholm, Aug. 2. 

Russian film industry has turned 
out a full-length feature color car- 
toon, according to reports received 
here. Picture was made at Soyuz- 
multfilm, a newly-constructed spe- 
cial studio for cartoon production 
in Moscow. More than 200 artists 
are said to be on the plant's staff 
under supervision of L. Miltjin. 

Composed of more than 150,000 
sketches, the cartoon is based upon 
an old Russian folk story, "The 
Frisky Colt and the Foolish Ivan." 
Soviet trade press claims the film 
is "better than the American in 
the same class." 



UA, in Dutch With 
Dutch Film Trust 
Sets Own Distrib 

Refusal of the Bioscoop Bond to 
admit United Artists to member- 
ship has resulted in the company's 
making a deal with Frederick L. 
Strengholt to distribute UA 
product in the Netherlands on a 
franchise basis starting, Sept. 1. 
UA had hoped to be given a Bond 
license and establish Dutch subsid 
which it would lease to Strengholt 
to .operate. 

. Bond is a monopoly of all Neth- 
erlands film outlets. It is so set 
up with the government that only 
members may participate in the 
picture industry. Universal, Co- 
lumbia, and Monogram-Allied Art- 
ists, as well as«UA, were refused 
membership, but are not concern- 
ed, since they are planning to sell 
their product outright for distribu- 
tion in Holland when the Motion 
Picture Export Assn. ceases ac- 
tivity there Sept. 1. The coop- 
erative American overseas distrib 
outfit after that date will serve 
only as an agency for physical 
handling of film. 

UA's original plan was to obtain 
a Bond membership and lease its 
Dutch subsid to Strengholt for five 
years. - At the end of that time, if 
conditions made it appear that the 
unit could be operated profitably 
by UA itself, it would take it over. 
Otherwise, it would exercise an 
option with Strengholt to renew 
the lease. 

As it stands now, this is impos- 
sible, Strengholt is being granted 
a franchise for distribution of UA's 
product by his N. V. Filmverhuur- 
kanoor Nederland. 

Metro,- 20th-Fox, Warner Bros., 
RKO and Paramount have been 
granted Bond licenses and will 
start their own distribution. Sept. t. 
In issuing the permits, the Bond 
said it was because these com- 
panies had operated independent- 
ly, before the war. The other com- 
panies did not and it is not desired 
that they start now, they were 
informed. 



10% Brit Studio Pact 
For Foreign Personnel 

London, Aug. 10. 

Agreement between producers, 
labor and the government under 
which 10% foreign producing and 
directing personnel may be em- 
ployed in British studios, is likely 
to be renewed for the third suc- 
cessive year. 

Further talks between the three 
parties involved are to take place 
in the near future, and it is not 
anticipated there will be any ob- 
jection to the principle, although 
there may be some difficulty in 
estimating the number of pictures 
to be made next year. 

It is on the basis of these esti- 
mates that the number of labor 
permits to be granted are calcu- 
lated. 



♦ Despite a European heatwave 
in recent weeks, American films 
have continued to pile up strong 
grosses in a quartet of Iron Cur- 
tain countries according to the 
Motion Picture Export Assn. At 
least* two U.S. pictures have 
proved to be top b.o. prpduct in 
Bulgaria, Poland and Czechoslo- 
vakia while six Yank films are all 
registering holdovers to. Austrian 
Cities. 

In the Bulgarian capital of « 
Sofia, where Universal's "His But- 
ler's Sister" is in its 18th week 
at the Kulture theatre, the film 
broke a house record by topping 
the 17-week run of Metro's "Music 
for Millions" at the same house. 
Also doing well at the wicket is 
"Tarzan's Secret Treasure" (M-G) 
at the Kino Modern, 
, Warner's "Casablanca" and 
"Random Harvest" (M-G) are car- 
rying off the honors in Poland 
where the former pic recently 
completed a 52-day stand in Lodz 
and is passing its fifth week in . 
Warsaw and Krakow. "Harvest" is 
clicking in Warsaw, Katowice and 
Krakow. Similar encouraging busi- 
ness is being racked up in Czecho- 
slovakia by 20th-Fox's. "My Friend 
Plicka" at a firstrun Prague 
house. Another Czech longrunner 
is Universal's "All Baba" which 
went into its seventh stanza at a 
Pilsen theatre. 

Paramount's "Reap the Wild 
Wind" and Columbia's "Gilda" top 
the field in Vienna. Appeal of 
U.S. imports isn't confined to 
Austrian urban centers alone. 
Hinterland cities of Linz, Graz and 
Innsbruck have proved a cleanup 
for "Ali Baba" (M-G), "Waterloo 
Bridge" (M-G), "Destry Rides 
Again" (U) and "Phantom of the 
Opera'* (U). 

Mull U. S. Films 
For Europe Prod. 

i 

Paris, Aug. 3. 
Despite many other difficulties, 
the low production costs here 
appear to b.e inducing several 
American producers to start work 
in France. Irving Allen is prepping 
a picture with Charles Laughton 
and Frahchot Tone (latter shares 
in financing) to be made here in 
English plus a French version. 
Budget* will be about $650,000, 
which should make a production 
equivalent to one budgeted at over 
$2,000,000 in the U. S. It will be a 
detective story based on a Simenon 
bestseller, "Man Without a Head." 

Other producers also are tempted 
to try European facilities. Paul 
Graetz is working on a Van Gogh 
biopix in Belgium. Boris Morros 
is ogling Scandinavia for future 
production work. 

French technicians are opposed 
to foreign producers working here. 
Headed by M. Chezeau, head of the 
Te.ch syndicate, they are seeking 
some proviso inserted in any future 
film pact. 

French production is picking up, 
too. Whore only five pictures were 
started in April this year, there • 
were 12 in May and another 12 
went into, production in June. For 
the first half of year, the French 
actually turned out 46 films as 
against 41 in the first six months 
of 1947. 

Latest Bulletin of the Centre 
National de la Cinematographic 
(government film agency) reveals 
there have been 240 Visas de Cen- 
sure (exhibition permits) delivered 
for French or French-dubbed pix 
during the first half of the year as 
compared with 194 for correspond- 
ing period of 1947 and only 86 in 
1946. 

From January to June this year, 
releases have actually numbered 
52 French plus dubbed-in-French 
films, 70 U. S., seven British, nine 
Italian, three Mexican, five Russian 
and one each for Danish, Norwe- 
gian, Portugese and Swiss pro- 
ducers. 



ii. 



pictures 



Wednesday, AugHBt 11, 1948 



Fdm Salesmen's Union and Major 
Distrfts May Work Amicable Deal 



Winding up the first phase of* 
negotiations for a union contract 
to cover the nation's 1,000 film 
salesmen, the Colosseum of Film 
Salesmen and industry execs sus- 
pended talks Friday (6) in a 
friendly" atmosphere. Both sides 
•greed to the suspension in order 
to study all counter-proposals be- 
fore resuming negotiations next 
week. 

Discussions are expected to be 
drawn out over a period of weeks 
before a settlement is reached. 
Both the salesmen's guild and 



Pacific Drive-In Plans 
Suits Vs. Anto Theatres 

Hollywood; Aug. 10. 
C. A. Caballero, head of Paci6c 
Drive-In Theatres, Inc., reported 
his firm is planning suits involv- 
ing the basic Hollingshead Drive- 
in patents against a number of 
auto theatres here. This company, 
which operates under an original 
•patent, is mulling infringement 



major company reps Wfacing the! su * te "gainst drive-ins in Clear- 



hurdle of writing a new union con- 
tract from the ground up with dif- 
ferences cropping up over every 
clause, both- major and minor. But 
according to an industry rep, both 
sides are cooperating in a "give 
Mid take" spirit which should 
speed up matters considerably. 

It's understood that Colosseum 
has presented the industry with a 
sweeping- series of demands involv 



water, Foothill, West Los Angeles, 
Keseda as well as several circuits 
operating drive-ins. 

Caballero charges that theatres 
were constructed under the Josse- 
rand improvement patent, which 
he asserts is an infringement on 
the- basic -Hollingshead patent. In 
a move separate from the planned 
infringement actions, he has asked, 
the Department of Justice to de- 



ing substantial wage boosts, strict t'Jh^rn m «~ 

wnioritv H 9IIW »n<< inr^orf the Gilmore dnve-in, the Vealey 

I at Pomona and a site owned by 
ithe same group in- Sah Fernando 
Valley. 



seniority clauses and increased 
expense allowances. Industry lead- 
ers, however, are confident of 
reaching a satisfactory compromise 
since it's only natural, as one exec 
put it, for a new union "to reach 
for the sky" in its first contract 
negotiation. Colosseum was for- 
mally certified to act as bargaining 
agency by the National Labor Re- 
lations Board only last week. 

Leaders of the Colosseum com- 
mittee headed back to their nation- 
al headquarters, Friday (6) in Chi- 
cago to report on progress to date. 
Committee includes Melvih Keller, 




2 More Chi Nabes Settle 
Under Jackson PL Ruling 

Chicago, Aug. 10. 
The Rivoli and Rockne theatres' 
anti-trust suits, sequels to the Jack- 
son Park action, were settled out 
of court last week with northside 
nabes getting, undisclosed sum and 
upped playing time for dropping 
their $900,000 triple damage ac- 
tion. Paramount, Metro, HKO, 
20th, Universal, and Balaban & 
Katz okayed the agreement, with 
Warner Bros, and United Artists 
expected to sign in the next few 
days.- 

Still named as defendants are 
Columbia and Essaness Circuit 
who are expected to sign pact with- 
in the month. 



inside Stuff— Pictures 

Dave Bamholtz, absentee Pittsburgh exhibitor who now makes his 
home in Los Angeles and formerly worked for years as a Universal 
salesman in Pitt, has a chunk of the new Fay Kanin play, "Goodbye 
My Fancy," which will star Madeleine Carroll on Broadway. It's going 
to be produced by playwright's husband, Michael Kanin, in association 
with Aldrich & Myers. Barnholtz, who moved to Coast during the war 
got interested in "Goodbye My Fancy " through strange set of circum- 
stances. He lives in same apartment as Kanin's parents and had be- 
come quite friendly with the older people. He met Mike and Fay there, 
heard about the show and wondered if they needed some dough. They 
did and Barnholtz invested. He owns some Pittsburgh theatre proper- 
ties in partnership with Mervis Bros. 



Chicago, Aug. 10. 
Chicago Motion Picture Oper- 
ators Union, local 110, which has 

Warner Bros hranrfi Mle<™ fl n in tbe hi « llest wa S e scale in the 
Warner Bros, branch salesman in j colmtrv a i rea dy, won another hike 



Into Union Fund 



Portland, Ore:, as chairman;. N. M. 
Provencher, United Artists sales- 
man in Milwaukee; Frank Flaherty, 
Columbia, Chicago; and David 
Beznor, counsel. Pat Scollard, 
Paramount labor relations exec, 
heads the industry group which in- 
cludes Harry Buckley, UA; Charles 
O'Brien, Metro; Joseph. MacMahpn, 
Republic; . and Burton A. Zorn, 
counsel. 



NLRB Certifies Film 

Salesmen's Union Rep 

Washington, Aug. 10. 
The NLRB has officially certified 
the Colosseum of Motion Picture 
Salesmen as the bargaining 'agent 
for salesmen, of all major film dis- 
tributors, except National Screen 
Service. The Board said it had dis- 
missed the union's petition for 
certification at National Screen be- 
cause salesmen there voted against 
the union 32 to 19. 

Following official results were 
given: Paramount, 66 for, 15 
against; Columbia, 81 to 19; United 
Artists, 61 to 10; Eagle Lion, 45 to 
13; Republic, 61 to none; Universal, 
•m to 7; 20th-Fox, 76 to 8; Loew's, 
43 to 30; Warner, 80 to 8; RKO. 



last week. Scale, which ranged 
from $2.40 to $3.93 per hour, is 
being upped 10%. However, pay 
will not go into operator's pocket 
but into a fund which will provide 
disability benefits, retirement pen- 
sions of not less than $100 per 
month for life, vacation fund for 
members of two weeks, and in- 
creased sick and death benefits,, 
Pact covers 363 theatres and over 
700 members. Eugene Atkinson, 
business agent for the union, said 
that provisions complied fully with 
the Taft-Hartley act. 

Members had previously been 
assessed for death and sick bene^ 
fits, with Atkinson estimating that 
reduction of levies would cut 
members cards' cost from $80 to 
100 a year. Fund will be jointly 
managed by three union officials 
and three theatre management fig- 
ures, and will run for five years. 



Hoffman 

Continued from pace 2 s 



one against. 



book reviewer" as telling him that 
current novels are spiced up with 
"sex, passion and crime" to get big- 

81 to 18; and Monogram. 1J for, <Tr\^Z%°^ P "? S \ T *£*?I I £? " 

|er. said Hoffman, declared that the 

i "difficulty with the motion picture 
l industry is that altogether too 
I many of those who select the plays 
t and plots have dirty minds them- 
selves, and having that kind of a 
mind, they think the people like 
that kind of sordid nastiness." 
brought about by the state of the ! - "Perhaps he is right," the Miehi- 
domestie b.o. and restrictions gan Republican continued, "I do 
abroad, were so great that only 1 not k _" ow - Perhaps some day those 
two classes of producers could be 1 wno duect the motion picture in 
expected to operate in the future. ! dustrv will discover that the Amer 



Eddie Small 

Continued from page 3 



lA'sPre-Gonvensh 
Meetmgs Start 

Cleveland, Aug. 10. 

As the exec board of the Interna- 
tional Alliance of Theatrical Stage 
Employees began meeting in closed 
sessions today (Tues.), on pre- 
convention business, the vanguard 
of 1,100 delegates to the IATSE's 
nation;!! convention are pulling 
into town for the opening gavel at 
Municipal Auditorium Monday (16). 

Facing the most peaceful con- 
clave since the Browne-Bioff ma- 
chine was kicked out of IATSE, the 
exec board has been discussing, 
routine pre-convention business, 
sundry appeals from IA locals and 
the convention agenda. It's re- 
ported that two of the most prom- 
inent-points on that agenda will be 
television's impact upon theatrical 
union organization and the Anglo- 
American dispute over film playing 
time in Britain. IA prexy Richard 
»F. Walsh will cover both questions 
in the opening "President's Report" 
to the delegates. No opposition to 
the incumbent slate of officers is 
expected to rear its head at the 
convention. 

Other major, points to be placed 
before the convention include fu- 
ture organization of . 16m workers, 
jurisdictional agreement with ra- 
dio unions or video problems, pos- 
sibility of trading a pay raise re- 
quest for an industry-wide pen- 
sion and recommendations for op- 
position to the Taft-Hartley Act. 

Guest speakers at the convention 
will include Eric Johnston, Motion 
Picture Assn. of America prexy; 
Thomas J. Herbert, Ohio governor- 
and William Green, AFL prez. 
Prior to the convention's opening, 
14 district conventions of IATSE 
locals will be held at the Hollenden 
hotel, here. Walsh, meanwhile, 
has extended an invitation to Con- 
gressional members to attend the 
national convention to combat the 
"distorted picture as to the power 
of labor leaders in America." 

International problems facing 
labor will be brought into focus 
through the presence of Tom 
O'Brien, general secretary of the 
National Assn. of Theatrical and 
Kine Employes and member of 
British Parliament. He'll report on 
the interchange of British and 
American technical workers. Role 
of U.S. labor in the forthcoming 
political elections will be reported 
on by Joseph D.-Keenan, head of 
Labor's League for Political Educa- 
tion, of which Walsh is a member. 



During, the man shortage caused by the war, women received their 
chance to become theatre managers and they have, made good, accord- 
j ing to E. V. Richards, chief of the Paramount-Richards chain in Loui- 
! siana, Mississippi, Western Florida and Alabama. Richards, writing in 
] the American mag, said that a majority of his 60 theatres are still 
; headed by women who have given his houses "a more-homey, informal 
I atmosphere." The circuit now employs 888 persons whose work brings 
j them into contact with patrons, and only 35 of these are men. 



I Invention of a revolutionary type of film reel that eliminates re- 
winding, is claimed by a Brooklyn designer, John P. Coulon.. In a 

: statement last week He said: "I have not tried to market this reel nor 
have I offered it for sale to anyone . . . but would like the trade's opin- 

j ion of such a reel." In his description of the gadget he says not only 

' does it do away with rewinding, but makes it possible to operate a 
projector with only one reef, affords continuous automatic projection 
and is a genuine reel — not an attachment. 



Death last week in New York of film pioneer Pat Powers temporarily 
has shelved plans of Frank Sinatra and Homo Vincent to remake a 
number of Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle comedies for television Powers 
who controlled rights to the Arbuckle pix, was to have been partnered 
in the video project. Meanwhile, the deal is cold pending settlement 
of the estate. Original setup called for Vincent to step into the Ar- 
buckle roles. 



United Artists is ready to crack down on fly-by-night indie producers 
who have been announcing that they are making pictures for UA re- 
lease. George Bagnall, UA veepee, was informed by a Los Angeles 
bank that an indie producer had tried to promote a loan on the claim 
that he was making a film for UA distribution, backing it up with news- 
paper clippings. From now on, the company will keep an eye on all 
such phoney news releases and take steps* against the offenders 



N.Y. Collarites 



ican people like pictures which are 
clean and wholesome, that they do- 
not care for barroom scenes, that 
they do not care for any of those 
things which a dissolute, decaying 
nation sometimes sanctions. It 
would be a relief if we had at least 
one picture house in each town or 
? h A. £ f c ?? d _? 0U P» s ? maU . s / id ; <*y whe C e only cCptor^ 

modest actions were portrayed, 
where there were no words, sen- 
tences or phrases of double mean- 
ing, where the reward went to the 
decent, the honest— the attendance 



One is that group which can be 
counted almost on the fingers of 
one hand — Goldwyn, Selznick, Sol 
Lesser, Small himself, etc. — who 
have proved themselves to banks 
and financial sources over the 
years. 



consisted of men of independent 
wealth amassed outside the film 
Industry, such as several- Texas oil 
millionaires who have recently 
evinced interest in Hollywood pro- 
duction. These are people who can fn Time wiu'ld educate C the^uroXfr 
afford to "take a flyer" with their | era as to what the American pic- 
own backing, the producer ex- ture audience really wanted " 
plained. At another point. Hoffman said 

Thus eliminated, he said, are , the filmgoer wants to be enter- 
the promoters who, during the i tained, and not see "so many prob- 
lush war years, found the banks 'em plays, so many" plays with too 
a soft touch for loans and had lit- j much dialog, which leaves a bad 
tie trouble lining up second I taste." 
money. 



Continued from page S 



EL TO MMSS. RANK'S 
TBHf INSTEAD OF U 

"Blanche Fury," J. Arthur Rank 
Technicolor film originally allo- 
cated to Universal for release in 
the U. S., has been taken over by 
Eagle Lion in a last minute switch 
iu plans. Film, starring Valerie 
Hobson and Stewart Granger, did 
not fit into U's release program, 
according to company officials. EL 
has slated it for a special pre-re- 
lease run at the Sutton, New York 
art house. 

U's Prestige unit, meanwhile, 
which handles most of the Rank 
films usually grooved for arty au- 
diences, took on three more pix 
this week. They include "End of 
the River," starring Sabu and 
already booked for pre-release 
runs; "Her Man Gilby," starring 
Michael Wilding and Peggy Cum- 
mins, and "Corridor of Mirrors." 



Small was in New York for 

huddles with Harry Kosiner, his n .. J-°; s Angeles. ?350,0(H) Chi Outdoor Tlreatre 

calesmanager and eastern rep, and w„ \ £? U -J>° der " Chicago, 

with execs of the four companies ! Co*o cL^rtl\ S J he f tre Nor J, h * Avenue Outdoor 

through which he distributes - i „ ° W P i nnn i£ S»"i?.l uc «? n ^ a op ! n .? d Aug - 6 - u $350,000 
20th-Fox, Eagle Lion, Columbia : f„T'o^ 

ud United Artists. ' i near here ' * beach town jF i n n k ed by bvlnK GaU and Frank 



the major companies, following 
UA's lead, will refuse to sit down 
with SOPEG. No company replies 
have been received thus far to 
SOPEG's request for pact renego- 
tiations, but SOPEG prexy Sidney 
Young minimized this fact's im- 
portance by declaring, "There's 
plenty of time between now and 
Sept. 27." 

SOPEG-SPG Pitch 

In any event, SOPEG is deter- 
mined to hang on to its control 
over homeoffice employees. To- 
gether with the Screen Publicists 
Guild, SOPEG has organized a 
"screen strategy and bargaining 
committee" to combat Local H-63 
and urge the industry to come to 
terms. Denied protection of the 
National Labor Relations Board 
due to its failure to comply with 
the Taft-Hartley law, SOPEG has 
indicated its intention "to use all 
the economic strength at its dis- 
posal" to maintain its position. 

SOPEG claimed a major victory 
last week with signing of a new 
2V£ year contract with Eagle Lion 
granting a 1Vz% wage .increase to 
about 100 workers with future 
raises tied to a cost-of-living index. 
Wages will go up or down every 
six months, depending upon the 
index figures. Rebutting SOPEG's 
claims, Local H-63 said the EL con- 
tract was a complete rout for 
SOPEG since it abolishes the 
maintenance of membership pro- 
visions and, in effect, establishes 
an open shop. 

Election for a bargaining agency 
for UA employees, hanging fire for 
two months, was finally put into 
the lap of. NLRB regional director 
Charles Dowel last week by hear- 
ing officer Arthur Younger. If 
Dowd orders an election, only 
Local H-63's name will appear on 
the ballot due to SOPEG's anti- 
Taft-Hartley law position. Local 
H-63 will use this fact as its ace- 
in-the-hole in its drive to push 
SOPEG out of the other companies. 

Schlaifer'* Father Stricken 
Omaha, Aug. 10. 

Charles Schlaifer, 20th-Fox ad- 
publicity chief, rushed to his home 
here- to be at bedside of his stricken 
80-year-old father, pioneer Oma- 
han, Abraham Schlaifer. Other 
members of the family also were 
summoned. 

He fell last Wednesday (4) and 
suffered a broken hip, with com- 
plication developing. His condition 
is critical. 



Par's 1¥ 

Continued from page 9 — 

television for bigger deluxe thea- 
tres almost as fast as any direct 
pickup of a televised event. Full im- 
port of the development is expected 
to be revealed in the next few 
months at the N. Y. Paramount, 
flagship of Par theatres. When 
the time is ripe (all legal aspects 
and exclusivity have been ironed 
out), this key house will be able 
to bally having straight televising 
of big events when "booked" into 
the theatre. The new speed sys- 
tem is expected to be gradually 
extended to other key Paramount 
houses as co-axial cable networks 
expand over the country. 

Some idea of what this super- 
fast film-TV means was revealed 
last week at preem of "Beyond 
Glory," Alan Ladd starrer about 
West Point, when some 300 up- 
perclassmen from U.S. Military 
Academy attended that Par, N. Y., 
unveiling. Not oAly was the ar- 
rival of the cadets at the theatre 
picked up but later a TV camera 
was focused from a theatre box 
on the actual theatre audiences. 
This was flashed on the screen 
right after the earlier material, 
was run off. Also material taken 
by TV camera in Central Park 
with the West Pointers participat- 
ing in skits, with N.Y. femmes 
was shown. 

Few in the audience realized at 
first that they were being • tele- 
vised untU the material was 
actually flashed on the screen. 
The- surprise of seeing oneself on 
the screen only a few instants be- 
fore- actually picked up by the TV 
brought the greatest applause re- 
action since Paramount theatre, 
N. Y., started using wide-screen 
television coverage on special 
events and selected prize fights. 

With Paramount now having a 
widescreen television system per- 
fected and actually tried out in 
theatres, the company is expected 
to take advantage of having the 
jump on the field by rushing in- 
stallations in all key houses 
where desired or where there's a 
link with a coxial cable lineup. Par 
is having a tough time supplying its 
own theatres with the system be- 
cause of slowness In getting essen- 
tial materials and having outfits 
manufactured 

Reported that the new system 
would be made' available to other 
majors, just as soon as equipment 
can be turned out, because Par 
executives are convinced that it 
has a new revenue - producing 
gadget ot wide scope. 



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Small British Exhibs Cool on Rank's 
Plan to Arbitrate Rows Over Rentals 



London, Aug. 10. * 
Bv the time the General Council 
of the Cinematograph Exhibitors 
Assn. meets again in London Sept. 
9, indie exhibs throughout the 
country will have had an oppor- 
tunity of considering Rank's pro- 
posal for an independent tribunal 
to adjudicate on film rental dis- 
putes, and of submitting their 
opinions to the secretariat. • 

As more and more branches of 
the CEA discuss the idea, it's be- 
coming evident that the small 
exhib is treating the setup with a 
suspicion bordering on ' distrust, 
and various alternative suggestions 
on the composition of the tribunal 
are being put forward. 

Constitution of the tribunal as 
originally suggested by Rank is 
one British distrib and two exhibs. 
Exhibitor making the claim against 
Bank would nominate the distrib. 
Bank would choose one exhibitor, 
and these two would decide the 
third member. Such a composition, 
it's claimed, would weigh unfairly 
against exhibitors, and unless the 
plan is' modified there will prob- 
ably be widespread opposition. 
» Biggest branch in the CEA — the 
London and Home Counties — will 
support the tribunal, but want the 
CEA to have qje right to select 
the third tribunal member, and 
suggest CEA should appoint a 
panel of exhibs who would be held 
available tto serve on such 
tribunals. 

In areas, however, where the 
small independent exhib predomi- 
nates, there is solid opposition to 
the tribunal, contending that it's 
tackling the problem from the 
wrong end. Bring _down rentals 
first, say exhibs in the West of Eng- 
land, and"- the tribunal becomes un- 
necessary, and they make it clear 
they don't approve of any system 
of trading under which the exhib 
has to plead for alleviation after 
the contracts have matured. 
They've made' it plain, in fact, that 
having to go cap in hand to Bank 
is as distasteful as his fact-finding 
bureau. - t 

If a fair sliding scale formula 
for rentals can be worked out, the 
need for argument later will be 
washed out, it's claimed. 

The indies who are. leading this 
anti-tribunal agitation on a local 
basis will be meeting en masse in 
London again\ on the eve of the 
General Council, and will try to 
formulate a unified policy which 
can be pursued at the CEA meet- 
ing. But their efforts to form an 
association within the association 
isn't winning universal support, 
and London exhibs have suggested 
the idea is pointless as indies are 
already in a majority in the asso- 
ciation. 



2,700 Quota Exemptions 
Filed by British Exhibs 

London, Aug. 10. * 
Some 2,700 quota exemption ap- 
plications have been filed here by 
exhibitors. Of these requests, 
about 1,600 have been handled in 
a preliminary examination. More 
than 700 were rejected while the 
remaining applications are due for 
further consideration by the Films 
Council Quota Committee. 

"Board of Trade has pointed out 
that the quota is based upon ex- 
pectation of new product, irrespec- 
tive of reissues. Already granted 
quota tickets are 56 oldies while a 
large number has been turned 
down. ' • 



See No British 
Govt. Loans For 
Individual Fix 

London, Aug. 10. 
Film Finance Corp., British gov- 
ernment's $20,000,000 agency to 
provide production funds to pic- 
turemakers, will not advance coin 
for individual films, it was dis- 
closed yesterday (Monday). Work- 
ing capital will be loaned only for 
complete : programs, which may 
well militate against small indie 
producers, who it was originally 
thought the setup was principally 
designed to aid. 



Variett 

2 NX State Film Posts 
To Be Set Sept 18, Oct. 2 

Albany, Aug. 10. 

Two examinations for important 
positions— director of the motion 
picture division, State Education 
Dept., and director of motion pic- 
ture unit. State departments, with 
a vacancy existing in the Albany 
office of the Dept. of Commerce- 
have been arranged, by the Civil 
Service Department for Sept. 18 
and Oct. 2, respectively. Both 
posts have a starting salary of $6,- 
700 (including anjemergency bonus 
of $700) and run to $7,375 (and 
bonus) at the end of five years. 

The motion picture division di- 
rectorship — actually it's chief cen- 
sor—has not been filled per- 
manently since April 1, 1945,, when 
Irving Esmond retired at the age 
of 70. Dr. Ward G. Bowen, head 
of the bureau of visual aids and 
radio in the Education Dept., is 
temporarily doubling in the job. 
Ke is not a candidate. None of the 
present members of the Division 
is said to have been accepted by 
the Civil Service Dept., on the 
basis of requirements laid down. 
Past association with the film In- 
dustry is barred. 

The Dept. of Commerce post, 
chiefly production, promotional 
and administrative, has been held 
provisionally for some months by 
Glen Allvine, formerly public re-' 
lations director for the Motion Pic- 
ture Association. 



U. S. Execs 

Conti&tied from p»g« * 



fore the British film chieftain. 
First is the scheme, discussed by 
company toppers for some weeks, 
of channelling all U.S. product 
through the Motion Picture Ex- 
port Assn., or its equivalent, for 
distribution in England. This would 
give centralized control of selling, 
which would open the way to the 
second step— selling away from 
Rank. 

This is a very severe economic 
weapon against an exhibitor, such 
as Rank, with his many hundreds 
of theatres to keep supplied with 
product in Britain. Pix would be 
sold to competing exhibs, building 
up their houses while starving 
Rank's. 



W ednesday, August 11, 19 48 

U. S. Fibers Nix 
Proposed French 
Com Compromise 



Paris, Aug. 10. 
The French foreign ministry was 
informed last Week that the Ameri- 
can film industry had nixed the' 
compro:nU,e worked out here dur- 
ing the past few weeks regarding 
U. S. funds frozen here and a 
revision of the Blum-Byrnes ac- 
cord. Gerald Mayer, Motion Pic- 
ture Assn. of America international 
division chief, who had booked 
passage for home last week in an- 



Proposal will probablv not be ! Ucipation of acceptance of the 
rroposai wu - . b t . compromise by his principals n 

IT*n e ^'m ^1 iSo n">« U. S:. will remain here in- 
he'll undoubtedly be made to un continue nenotiations 

derstand that the Arftencan indus- uennueiy to continue negotiations, 
try will not stand idly by and see j Nix is reported here to have 
him lead the way to shutting it I been put on the deal by MPAA 
out of the British market. member-company presidents meet- 

' | ing in New York early last week. 

France Next j They were as i; e ,i by the French to 

In France, the group will meet keep the terms secret, and a simi 



M-6 Bidding 

Continued from page 9 



it nor do we solicit bids, we only 
use it where it is requested." 

At . times Metro has denied re- 
quests for open bidding, Rodger 
added, and there have been reper- 
cussions in the form of threatened 
litigation. In the face of these 
threats, company has sometimes 
•withdrawn from its position of 
refusal. 

While competitive bidding "has 
straightened out many trouble- 
some situations," Rodgers is "very 
glad the court did not order it 
adopted generally." Administer- 
ing it countrywide would have 
been a terrific problem, according 
to the sales chief. What is more, 
wherever Rodgers can halt com- 
petitive selling by dividing product 
on request of exhibs, he gladly 
does it. 

To acquaint M-G's field force 
with b.o. policy and broaden their 
industry outlook, company is now 
completely launched on an edu- 
cational . program. In the fall, 
every branch manager will be 
brought to New York .for one-to- 
two weeks of indoctrination. 
Metro's five division managers and 
their assistants have already spent 
one month at the N.Y. headqua'r- 
ters attending staff meetings, con- 
sulting company legalites, etc. 
New school to train promising 
" field staffers for executive work 
tees off Sept. 13, Rodgers said. At 
that time, one branch manager, 
one assistant, four salesmen and a 
booker will be called in for the 
. - company course. 



FFC may prove a help to solo 
film makers indirectly, however, if 
a distrib will take a flock of them 
under his wing and they are will- 
ing to band together in making up 
a program. Since the coin is given 
by FFC only to distribs, who must 
in turn issue it to producers, it is 
possible that the distrib could thus, 
finance makers of single films. . 

Government strengthened se- 
curity of its loans, in regulations 
disclosed yesterday, by not limiting 
repayment to the earnings of any 
single picture, but, from the assets 
of the whole program, which in 
turn would be guaranteed by the 
distrib. Thus some indies might 
have to forego part of their profits 
to make up losses of a fellow-pro- 
ducer. 

Meantime, formation of the cor- 
poration's board is underway. It 
will include reps with a good 
knowledge of the business. Un- 
expected difficulties, however, are 
facing Harold Wilson, Board of 
Trade prexy, in. obtaining per- 
sonnel. 

Original candidate for chairman- 
ship of the. corporation, Lord Por-' 
tal, has rejected Wilson's invita- 
tion, pleading preoccupation with 
the Olympic Games Committee. 
Actually; there is reluctance to as- 
sume responsibility for doling out 
public money in such undertaking. 

Lord Portal's past experience in 
the industry (he was one time as- 
sociated with the late C. M. Woolf 
in formation of General Film Dis- 
tributors) would have made him a' 
good choice. Now Wilson has to 
look elsewhere. 

Trade discussion on the. scheme 
continues, and a prolonged debate 
took place at the executive meeting 
of the British Film Producers' 
Assn. Wednesday ,<4)„ when the 
plan was welcomed in principle, 
but further comment was deferred 
until publication of the govern- 
ment bill this fall. 

To avoid delay, the producers al- 
ready have set up a committee to 
examine the bill when it comes 
out, but ironically enough, the 
small independents, who hope to 
benefit from the government's de- 
cision, are left out in the cold. On 
the committee are J. Arthur Rank, 
George Archibald, Major R. P. 
Baker,, Robert Clark, Sir Arthur 
JarraU and Sir Henry L. French," 
Director-General. Archibald and 
Baker are Rank affiliates, Clark is 
in Associated British group, and 
JarraU, of course, is associated 
with Korda. French says there's 
nothing sinister in this. He de- 
clares it's just one of those things. 



ASCAP Advice 

Continued from pace 4 ; 

the most radical policy — one of no 
more coin to ASCAP. Since the 
I music group has been branded 



'monopolistic and illegal," Allied 
declares, there is no more need to 
pay the seat tax. 

. Allied Not Unanimous 
Number of Allied units have 
gone down the line with the Na- 
tional on its suggestion but their 
course is far from unanimous. New 
Jersey Allied, one of the larger 
groups avoided advising its mem- 
bers to halt payments until this 
week. Jersey board then voted to 
hold up payments 'and contracts 
"until further clarifications." 

Top TOA officials, on the other 
hand, express fears that the ruling 
is a "Pyhrric victory." It is their 
interpretation that the decision 
does not wipe out the necessity of 
paying license fees, only the pos- 
sibility of ASCAP making the col- 
lection under a different setup. 



with American embassy officials 
who have been negotiating with the 
foreign office on revisions of the 
film clauses in the Blum-Byrnes 
agreement and on unfreezing of 
part of the $18,000,000 in U.S. pic- 
ture coin new tied up. Gerald 
Mayer, MPAA's international divi- 
sion chief, now in Paris, was in- 
strumental in aiding the U.S. Em- 
bassy officers to work out a com- 
promise with the French, which 
was turned down by the U.S. in- 
dustry last week. 

Johnston, who had been vaca- 
tioning at his home in Spokane, 
flew into Washington yesterday 
(Tuesday) and is due in New York 
today, preparatory to tomorrow's 
session. He and the 14 company 
toppers will take off from 
LaGuardia Field next Tuesday by 
Trans-World Airlines plane for 
London. 



Parisians Flock 



— Continued from page 2 5^ 

lionaire, gives parties which are 
sensations, even on the Riviera. 
Felix is Opening a new restaurant 
in the Palais des Festivals at 
Cannes. • * ■ ' 

Dairyl Zanuck and his family 
are at Cap d'Antibes, where the 
Gilbert Comtes were vacationing, 
Vincent Korda bathes at Eden 



! Roc. Lana Turner and Bob Top- 
TOAe'rs* fea7the1formation of ma& j * lng as well as Freddy MacAvoy 
groups by composers and publish- a,so als 'here 



ers to collect the bite and a re- 
sulting boost in administration 
costs. 

Most TOA units have told their 
members to continue meeting the i 
tax. One of these, Kentucky Assn. | 

of Theatre Owners, this week came j Popeye and Dimitry have opened 
up with a variation on that theme. • » new Cabaret, "Boite a Ordures" 
KATO members, bulletin declared, j (Garbage Can). The crowds are 
should insert a 60-day cancellation | such that many escape to lies de 
clause in any 10-year contracts ] Lerihs, which is more exclusive. 



Rita Hayworth caused a stir by 
dining alone with Orson Welles. 
Michael Emer runs the Palm 
Beach Kind. Theodore de Medem, 
who operated the Pavilion Bleu 
restaurant, diecl suddenly. Coco, 



submitted by ASCAP. 

There have been several in- 
stances in Kentucky, bulletin 
added, where contracts containing 
the cancellation clause have been 
mailed back unaccepted. When 
this is done, however, KATO 



The show at the Palm Beach 
Casino in Cannes presents Chaz 
Chase funny as ever. Cabot and 
Dresden, U. S. dance tepm. and a 
young Spanish dancer, Pedro Cor- 
doba, fill the bill. Neat support- 
ing music is provided by Michel 



claims, exhib is protected from any | Emer orchestra with Emer at the 
serious copyright' infringement j piano and Ann Nicolas singing the 

On the other 



charges. Hence, exhibs are told to 
save the envelopes with the re- 
turned contracts. 

Majors Also Paradoxical 
Major affiliated circuits, sur- 
prisingly, lean towards the National 
-Allied interpretation. These affili- 
ates stopped payment last week of 
seat fees to ASCAP pending fur- 
ther study by company legalites 



Kans. House Burns Again 

Kansas City, Aug. 10. 
Cozy, Attica, Kans., house is 
closed again tor the second lime 
in a year as a result of a fire last 
month. Spot had been back in op- 
eration only since May 1, follow- 
ing rebuilding after a blaze virtu- 
ally razed it a year ago. 



latest American hits 

side, Dario Moreno orchestra 

breaks in with Latin American 

rhythm. Champagne, is 2,000 
francs ($6). 

Of other nightclubs in Cannes, 
La Jungle is one of the most popu- 
lar. Clarence Orchestra is led by 
Andre Salvador, singer and quitar- 
ist. Martine Florence sings hot 



lar quietus was put on news here, 
since the compromise was worked 
out within the foreign ministry 
and hadn't gone to its highest 
echelons for final okay. That was 
to have followed indications of 
American willingness to accept it. 

It is further feared here that 
French indie producers and«other 
elements might put up a loud howl 
that . would bring an end, for obvi- 
ous political reasons, to efforts for 
freeing at least part of about £18,- 
000,000 in American coin tied up 
in France. It is hoped, therefore, 
to present publicly a fait accompli, 
rather *han an indication that ne- 
gotiations are in progress. 

While the French indies squawk 
ai any possible easing of restric- 
tions against U. S. companies, it is 
probable that the local producers 
will get something of what they 
want out of tha negotiations. That's 
an extension of the present Blum- 
Byrnes guarantee of four weeks 
out of each quarter allotted to 
French pix in every theatre. This 
will probably be increased to 
something between five and seven 
weeks. 

Freeing of coin, of course, is the 
major point sought by the Ameri- 
cans. There is $9,750,000 of earn- 
' ings prior to July 1, 1947, plus al- 
j most another $9,000,000 since that 
' time. Otherwise the Americans 
j want an easing of French needling 
tactics -gainst U.S. pix, such as 
■ limitations on raw stock allotments, 
I refusal to allow release of pix over 
! two years old, refusal of permis- 
sion to play more than 15 situations 
for original versions subtitled in 
French, and restrictions on uses of 
frozen revenues. s < 

There have been reports that the 
French are willing to unfreeze 
$4,000,000 of the coin tied up un- 
der the Blum-Byrnes*- deal. U.S. 
companies are also said to be de- 
sirous, aside from any other thaw- 
ing of funds, of being allowed 
$500,000 each half year to pay 
actual costs of importing and dub- 
bing films. , 

Since revision of the B-B agree- 
ment is involved,, all negotiations 
are on a government leveli Com- 
mercial attaches of the U. S. Em- 
bassy here are handling American 
negotiations with the counsel of 
Mayer. 



curious since a number of these ^ «"; x,m s : -Spe"**"* Dolphin, 
majors are members of ASCAP 



through music publishing subsids. 



and two or three other small ones. 
Outside Cannes, the Snorting 

opens at Monte Carlo Aug. 6 for 

ASCAP is signalling a determi- a short season with Allan and San- 
nation to push an ultimate appeal ! sky orchestra. 



to the U. S: Supreme Court by its 
retention of former Secretary of 
War Robert P. Patterson as special 
counsel in the suit. 



as 



Hyde Exits Sperling 

Hollywood, Aug. 10. 

Donald Hyde has resigned 
veepee and general manager of 
U.S. Pictures, indie production 
company releasing through War- 
ners. His contract hajd another 18 
months to run. 

Before joining Milton Sperling's 



Gayest place on the coast is 
Maxim's in Juan les Pins, with 
Thomas and his Merry Boys or- 
chestra <12t. Thomas leads the 



FBI Unearths 70 Hot' 
Prints of 66 Features 

.. Federal Bureau of Investigation's 
drive to clean up a raft of bootleg 
16m films which illegally found 
their way, to small-fry distribs from 
the;, Mined Services during the war 
came up with a major haul this 
week. Some 70 prints; of 66 differ- 
ent features, recovered from a 
merchant seaman (identity other- 
wise Atndisclosed), have been re- 
ceiv(#d by the Army Motion Picture 
Service in New York. 

'Hot" prints will either be de- 



, "jut »ua in tiutrge ui uicj rrenvn pianist, winner or. tl 
literary department of the William 1 Grand Prix du Disque, leads 
Morris agency. i small band. 



dancers with a whip and a whistle stroyed or "turned to film com. 

'panies which have still retained 
title to them. Seaman was arrested 
in San Francisco where the prints 
were found in his possession. 

All of the films had been con- 
tributed to the armed services as 
part of the industry's wartime cam- 
paign to keep the troops supplied 
with' cuff o entertainment. 'FBI in 
conjunction with the industry s 
Copyright Protection Bureau tor 
the past two years has been scour- 
ing the country for bootleg prints. 



like a ringmaster in the circus. 
Juan also has the Hollywood night 
club of the Casino, with Rosetti 
Orchestra U2). 

In Nice, the Casino has the Geo 
I Mouquai orchestra; Louis Frosio 
orchestra is at the hotel Royal, and 
at the Maxim, French guitarist 
Marcel Bianchi leads a small band. 
At St. Maxime, Jack Dieval, the 



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PICTURES 



Wednesday, August 11, 1948 



Picture Grosses 



, PHILADELPHIA 

(Continued from page 11) 
94)_"Tap Roots" (U) (4th wk). 
Fine $18,000. Last week, solid 
$20,000. 

Karlton (Goldman) (1,000; 50-94) 
— "So Evil My Love" (Par) (2d wk). 
Fast $11,000. Last week, big 
$16,000. 

Keith's (Goldman) (1,300; 50-94) 
—"Deep Waters" (20th). Dim $3,- 
500. Last week, "Street No Name" 
(20th), small traffic at $5,000. 

Pix (Cummins) (500; 50-94)— 
"Foolish Virgin" (Indie) and "Play- 
boy" (Indie). Good $8,500 for 10 
days. Last week, "Hunted" (Mono) 
and, "Who Killed 'Doc' Robbin" 
(UA), yanked after four days, dim 
$1,100. 

Mastbauui (WB) (4,360; 50-94)— 
"Easter Parade" (M-G) (5th wk). 
Fair $15,000. Last week, oke $17,- 
300. 

Stanley (WB) (2,950; 50-94)— 
"Key Largo" (WB) (2d wk). Nifty 
$28,500. Last week, smash $39,000 
for opener. 

Stanton (WB) (1,475; 50-94)— 
"Return of Bad Men" (RKO). 
Geared for rousing $15,500. Last 
week. "Man-Eater of Kumaon" (U), 
thin $8,000. 

W Tops New fix 
In Pitt, Lofty $14,000; 
'Back Alive' Lusty 10G 

Pittsburgh, Aug. 10.. 
Only two new pix in town, "Walls 
of Jericho" at Harris and "Deep 
Waters" at Fulton and they're both 
okay. Former is in for smart ses- 

§ion and holdover. "Life With 
"ather" is limp at Stanley. In 
person of Frank Buck opening day 
for "Bring 'Em Back Alive" reis- 
sue gave the Warner good teeoff 
and jungle epic should do all right. 
Estimates for This Week 

Fulton (Shea) (1,700; 44-76) — 
"Deep Waters" (20th). Notices 
weren't so hot, but it has Dana An- 
drews, who means something here. 
Close to $10,000 justifies a few ex- 
tra days. Last week, "Another 
Part Forest" <U) yanked after 6 
days with thin $4,000. 

Harris (Harris) (2,200; 44-76) — 
"Walls of Jericho" (20th). Lots of 
marquee pull here. Crix -Were 
lukewarm « but admitted women 
would go for it, and that's helping. 
Smart $14,000, and that's h.o. biz. 
Last week, "Feudin,' Fussin' " (U), 
$7,800. 

Penn (Loew's-UA) (3,300; • 44-76) 
—"Easter Parade" (M-G) (2d wk). 
Sturdy $18,000. Last week, gave 
house its biggest gross of year 
great $29,000. 

Ritz (Loew's) (800; 44-76) — 
"Drums" (FC) and "Four Feathers" 
<FC) (reissues). Kicked off to big- 
gest opening day here in months 
find $4,000 is little short of sen- 
sational. Last week, "Mr. Bind- 
ings" (SRO) (m.o.), $3,500. 

Senator (Harris) (1,750; 44-76) — 
"Rose Washington Square" (20th) 
and "Slave Ship" (M-G) (reissues). 
Nice $3,000. Last week, "Fuller 
Brush Man" (Col) (3d wk), fancy 
$3,500 for fifth downtown week. 

Stanley (WB) (3,800; 44-76) — 
"Life With Father" (WB). Picture 
had a healthy run of five weeks 
last summer at Warner at an upped 
scale and that's hurting it here, 
with very thin $11,000, about all 
that's likely. Last week, second of 
"Key Largo" (WB), fine $12,000. 

Warner (WB) (2,000; 44-76) — 
"Bring 'Em Back Alive" (RKO) 
(reissue). Frank Buck here in p.a. 
opening day and that helped. Ought 
to get $10,000, sturdy for oldie. 
Last week, "Melody Time" (RKO) 
(2d wk), $7,000. 

$ LOS ANGELES 

(Continued from page 13) 
"Bad Sister" (U). Nice $14,500. 
last week, "Meet Frankenstein" 
<U) and "King Olympics" (UA) (2d 
Wk), big $13,300. 

Uptown (FWC) (1,719; 60-$D— 
"Walls Jericho" (20th) and "Your 
Shoes" (Mono). Medium $8,000. 
Last week, ''Escape" (20th) and 
"Fighting Back" (20th), slim $6,100. 

Vogue (FWC) (885: 60-85)— "16 
Fathoms Deep" (Mono) ' and 
"Michael O'Halloran" (Mono). 
Good $5,500. Last week, "Canon 
City" (EL) and "Lady at Midnight 
<EL) <2d wk), oktorlSaoo. • 

^WUsMre (FWC) (2,296; 60-$i)— 
"On Island" (M-G) (3d wk-4 days). 
Wnales at $3,500. Last week, nice 
$7,700. 

Wiltern (WB) (2,300; 60-$D— 
'**y Largo" (WB) and "Music 
Man" (Mono) (4th wk-5 days). Near 
$7,500. Last week, sturdy $9,900. 



'Fuller' Still Sweeps 
Indpls. on H.O., $16,000 

Indianapolis, Aug. 10, 
Firstrun film biz continues at a 
fast clip here this week, while out- 
door competition suffered from 
rain and unseasonal cold. "Key 
Largo" registered the heftiest take 
of summer at the Indiana and "Ful- 
ler Brush Man," in its second week 
at Loew's, still looks good for extra 
playing-time. 

Estimates for This Week 
Circle (Gamble-Dolle) (2,800; 44- 
65)— "Up Central Park" (U) and 
"Dear Murder" (U). Fair $10,000. 
Last week, "Furnace Creek" (20th) 
and "Arthur Takes Over" (20th) 
same. 

Indiana (G-D) (3,300; 44-65) — 
"Key Largo" (WB). Socko $17,000. 
Last week, "Regards to Broadway" 
(20th) and "Counterfeiters" (20th), 
nice $13,000. 

Keith's (G-D) (1,300; 44-65) — 
"Regards Broadway" (20th) and 
"Counterfeiters" (20th) (m.o.). Oke 
$4,500. Last week, "Melody Time" 
(RKO) and "Shanghai Chest" 
(Mono) (m.o.), $3,500. 

Loew's (Loew's) (2,450; 44-65)— 
"Fuller Brush Man" (Col) and "Ad- 
ventures Silverado" (Col) (2d wk). 
Hefty $16,000 .after sock $21,000 
opener. Third week likely. 

Lyric (G-D) (1,600; 44-65) — 
Smart Woman" (Mono) and "Jinx 
Money" (Mono). Slow $4,500. Last 
week, "Feudin,' Fussin'" (U) and 
"Big Town Scandal" (Par) (m.o.) 
oke $6,000. 

life' Big Time $17,000, 
Buff.; 'Melody' Hep 16G 

Buffalo, Aug. 10. 

Too many holdovers here this 
week. Top newcomers are "Time 
of Life" at Buffalo and "Melody 
Time" at the Century. 

Estimates for This Week 

Buffalo (Shea) (3,500; 40-70)— 
Time of Life" (UA) and "Song of 
Heart" (Mono). Stout $17,000. Last 
week, "Mr. Blandings" (SRO) and 
"Shaggy" (Par), $18,500. 

Great Lakes (Shea) (3,400; 40- 
70)— "Key Largo" (WB) (2d wk). 
Down to fine $14,000. Last week, 
great $20,000. 

Hipp (Shea) (2,100; 40-70)— "Mr. 
Blandings" (SRO) and "Shaggy" 
(Par) (m.o.). Solid $10,000. Last 
week, "Easter Parade" (M-G), $8,- 
600. 

Teck (Shea) (1,400; 40-70)— 
"Four Feathers" (FC) and "Drums'* 
(FC) (reissues). Sturdy $4,500 or 
over. Last week, "The Search" 
(M-G) (2d wk), $2,500. 
Lafayette (Basil) (3,000; 40-70)— 
Lulu Belle" (Col) and "Adven- 
tures Silverado" (Col). Mild $10,- 
000. Last week, "Abbott-Costello 
Meet Frankenstein" (U) (2d wk) 
and "BlondieV Reward" (Col), 
trim $9,000. 

20th Century (20th Century) (3,- 
000; 40-70)— "Melody Time" (RKO) 
and "Inside Story" (RKO). Bangup 
$16,000. Last week, "Canon City" 
(EL) and "Shed No Tears" (EL), 
fast $14,000- 



Name" (20th) and "Shanghai 
Chest" (Mono), fair $2,700. 

Orpheum (RKO) (2,600; 35-74)— 
"Easter Parade" (M-G) and "Dear 
Murderer" (U) (2d wk). Sturdy 
$12,000. Last week, smash $23,500. 

Paramount (Fox) (2,200; 35-74)— 
"River Lady" (U) and "Devil's Car- 
go" (FC), day-date with Webber. 
Mildish $11,000 or less. Last week, 
"Four Faces West" (UA) and "King 
of the Olympics" (UA), $10,000. 

Rlalto (Fox) (878; 35-74)— "Key 
Largo" (WB) and "Stage Struck" 
(Mono) (m.o.). Good $4,000. Last 
week, "Old Los Angeles" (Rep) and 
"I, Jane Doe" (Rep), fair $3,800. 

Webber (Fox) (750; 35-74)— 
"River Lady" (U) and "Devil's 
Cargo" (FC), also Paramount. Fair 
$2,500. Last week, "Four Faces 
West" (UA) and "King Olympics" 
(UA), $2,000. 

'Raw Deal' Smart $11,000, 
Prov.; 'Pirate' Only 19G 

Providence, Aug. 10. 

Holdovers are slowing pace here 
this week with exhibs blaming pro- 
duct for spotty showings of new 
pix. "Raw Deal" looks steady at 
Majestic. RKO Albee with "Mr. 
Blandings" and Strand's "So Evil 
My Love" are best of holdovers. 
Estimates for This Week 

Albee (RKO) (2,200; 44-65)— "Mr. 
Blandings" (SRO) and "Argyle 
Secrets" (FC) (2d wk). Good $13,- 
000. First was nifty $19,000. 

Carlton (Fay) (1,400; 44-65) — 
"Street No Name" (20th) and 
"Checkered Coat" (20th) 2d run). 
Fair $3,500. Last week, "Woman in 
White" (WB) and "Big Punch" 
(WB), good $4,000. - 

Fay's (Fay) (1,400; 44-65) 
—"Smart Woman" (EL) and "The 
Hunted" (Indie). So-so $5,000. Last 
week, "Furnace Creek" (20th) and 
"Shanghai Chest" (Rep), $5,500. 

Majestic (Fay) (2,200; 44-65) — 
"Raw Deal" (EL) and "Adventures 
of Casanova" (EL). Steady $11,000. 
Last week, "Street No Name" (20th) 
and "Checkered Coat" (20th) (2d 
wk), happy $12,000. 

State (Loew) (3,200; 44-65) — 
"Pirate" (M-G) and "Night At 
Opera" (M-G) reissue). Modest 
$19,000 or over. Last week, "Time 
of Life" (UA) and "Rusty" (Col), 
good $16,000. 

Strand (Silverman) (2,200; 44-65) 
— "So Evil My Love" (Par) and 
"Shaggy" (Par). Second week be- 
gan Monday (9). Last week, okay 
$12,000. 



CINCINNATI 

(Continued from page 11) 
"Deep Waters" (20th). Above par 
$9,000. Last week, "Tarzan's N. Y. 
Adventure" (M-G) and "Tarzan's 
Secret Treasure" (M-G) (reissues), 
fairly good $8,000. 

Keith's (City Inv.) (1,542; 50-75) 
—"Man-Eater of Kumaon" (U). Av- 
erage $7,500, but below expecta- 
tions. Last week, "Abbott & Cos- 
tello Meet Frankenstein" (U) (3d 
wk), snappy $7,500 to bag nearly 
$40,000 for three-week stay, a great 
record here. 

Lyric (RKO) (1,400; 50-75) — 
"Melody Time" (RKO) (m.o.). Third 
downtown week, okay $5,500. Last 
week, "Feudin/ Fussin' " (U) (m.o.), 
$5,000. 

Palace (RKO) (2,600; 50-75) — 
"Canon City" (EL). Looks sock 
$15,000 or over. Opening day biz 
one of theatre's best in months. 
Hypoed by extra ads, radio spots, 
flash house front and street bally. 
Last week, "Dream Girl' 1 (Par), oke 
$11,000. 

Shubert (RKO) (2,100; 50-75) — 
"Black Arrow" (Col) (m.o.). So-so 
$4,500. Last week, "High Seas" 
(WB) ( m.o.), good $6,000. 

DENVER 

(Continued from page 13) 

"Shanghai Chest" (Mono), fair 
$13,000. 

Esquire (Fox) (742; 35-74)— "On 
Merry Way;' (UA) and "Code Scot- 
land Yard" <Rep), also Denver. 
Good $3,500. Last week, "Street No 



Israel's Gripe 

2 Continued from page 2 j 



lines with acts and at some spots 
gives film shows. Flesh talent is 
generally much better than what 
Allied GI's had in Europe and 
the Pacific, as it represents some 
of the prewar top acts from Ber- 
lin and Vienna. Girl shows and 
gag men, naturally, are most pop- 
ular. One comedian playing an 
outpost near Tira village, an Arab 
stronghold, finished his act, picked 
up a sten gun, then went along 
with Haganah on a night opera- 
tion. The spot was captured that 
night after a lengthy stalemate. 

Metro and Fox have succeeded 
throughout the Palestine crisis in 
flying in prints of their newsreels 
featuring war scenes. These are 
widely billed in Hebrew newspa- 
pers — even reviewed like feature 
pix. Managers have experienced 
turnover trouble with soldiers 
staying several performances to 
watch their image on the screen 



Palestine Production Perks 

Film production in Palestine is 
perking with a full-length feature 
due to roll this fall while shoot- 
ing continues on a documentary 
series labeled "Israel Today." 
Nathan Silberberg, who leaves 
later this month for Tel Aviv, will 
make a Hebrew-English pic there 
under supervision of Nathan 
Films, Ltd. He's already inked 
Julian Hoffman to direct it. 

Meanwhile, Norman Lourie, 
prexy of Palestine Films, Inc., 
planed to Tel Aviv Friday (6) for 
a four-week stay to work out film- 
making plans with his partner and 
PFI's production head, Joseph 
Krumgold. Firm's initial feature 
"A Place Called Home," Is slated 
for U. S. release in October. Com- 
pany is also carrying on with its 
monthly series, "Israel Today." 

Another Palestine film producer, 
Meyer Levin, has temporarily 
stepped out of the field after mak- 
ing "The Illegals," a documentary 
chronicling the efforts of a group 
of refugees to reach Israel. He's 
currently in Paris producing a 
series of puppet shows for televi- 
sion in association with Robert De- 
Sartis, director of Paris' Luxem- 
bourg Marionette Theatre. 



Too Fast a Payoff 

"Road to Rio," made by Bob 
Hope arid.Bing Crosby as an 
indie production for Para- 
mount release, enjoys the dis- 
tinction of paying off its bank 
loan more speedily than prob- 
ably any other film ever made. 
Bankers Trust Co., N. V., and 
Security - First National, Los 
Angeles, which put up $1,600,' 
000, or 80% of the $2,000,000 
budget, had their money back 
within six weeks of the date 
the film went into release. 

They weren't too happy 
about it, either, having hoped 
for the interest to run over a 
considerably longer period. Pic 
has gross rentals in the till 
now of over $4,200,000 and is 
expected to hit $4,500,000 in 
U. S. and Canada. Par put up 
second money financing and 
the guarantees as part of a 
deal by which the two players 
can make one-a-year independ- 
ently. 



Bankers V. P. 

5 Continued from page 3 



banks. He said he was perfectly 
willing to entertain deals "by pro- 
ducers who have their sights 
trained down to present potentiali- 
ties," but that there has been such 
difficulty getting second money 
and completion bonds that produ- 
cers have never even got as far as 
trying to line up bank financing. 
Last Loans 3 Months Ago 
Last loans he made, Ardrey dis- 
closed, were about three months 
ago. One was to Santana Produc- 
tions (Humphrey Bogart and Mor- 
gan Maree) and the other was to 
Edward Small for a series of six 
small budgeters to be made for 
20th-Fox release. 

Asked about the plan whereby 
Bankers Trust and some Coast in- 
stitutions have been loaning 60% 
of the budget, with the last 15% of 
the 60% guaranteed for the pro- 
ducer by an outside source, Ardrey 
said he was not sticking to that 
pattern. He declared he had "no 
desire to make the same bed fit all 
producers," that the terms and size 
of loans must hinge on the individ- 
ual deal.. 

"The principal value, so far as I 
am concerned, of forcing the pro- 
ducer to guarantee the last 15% 
of the bank loan," Ardrey ex- 
plained, "is that it is a way of caus- 
ing him to show his faith in his 
product. 1 see no reason why he 
should expect us to be more op- 
timistic about the potential of his 
film than he is himself." 

Bankers Trust and Security-First 
National share one of the largest 
bank loans ever made for an indie 
production in "Joan of Arc," pro- 
duced by the Ingrid Bergman- 
Victor Fleming-Walter Wanger unit 
for RKO release this winter. The 
two banks, put up 75% of the budg- 
et and have outstanding at the 
moment about $3,500,000. The only 
larger loan recently was that by 
the same banks to David O. Selz- 
nick for "Duel in the Sun." It 
amounted to $5,100,000 and has 
since been completely repaid. 
There was little danger involved, 
however, since there were a flock 
of other Selznick pix for, collateral. 

Ardrey said he had no concern 
whatsoever about getting his 
money out of "Joan." He predicted 
the film would gross at least $10,- 
000,000 and would be a great 
moneymaker for years because of 
its high potential in the foreign 
market and its reissue value. 



WB Profits 

Continued from page 4 , 



share on 7,295,000 outstanding 
against $2.60 per share last year on 
7,341,680 then outstanding. 

Gross on film rentals, theatre ad- 
missions, etc. dipped to $112,415,- 
000 compared to $125,078,000 in 
corresponding period of '47. All 
told, income amounted to $117,592,- 
222. Amortization of film costs 
amounted to $30,187,025 while 
operating and general expenses 
added to $58,178,884. 

Estimated provision for Federal 
income taxes was $7,400,000. On 
film inventories, company figured 
films m release at $15,289,723; com- 
pleted but not released at $17,909,- 
125; and productions before' the 
cameras at $8,738,967. Earned sur- 
plus was computed at $53,009,178. 

Meeting of Warners' board last 
week declared a quarterly dividend 
of 25c per share to holders of com- 
mon stock. Melon will be split Oct. 
4 to holders of record Sept. 3. 



Schary States 

52 Continued from page S ss 

Bounty,' 'Fury' and 'Joe Smith, 
American." ; 

"Metro, heretofore ' challenged 
all other companies," he went on 
"I grant you that in the past few 
years it has been playing it safe. 
But energy and the ability to get 
the industry excited is essential. 
New, different films excite busit 
ness and keep a company going." 

Schary took pains to note that a 
production exec must steer a mid- 
dle course, remaining conscien- 
tious to his obligations to turn in 
profitable films. "You can't make 
a $3,000,000 film with a limited 
market and this must be con- 
sidered when producing experi- 
mental features," was his way of 
putting it. 

Reiterates His Stand 

His interview was closely paral- 
lel to the one given by him last 
year when he took over chief pro- 
duction duties at RKO. He again 
repeatedly stressed the need for 
the industry to make "good pic- 
tures for a good world." Explain- 
ing that slogan, Schary said "I'd 
like to see arbitrary violence, hate, 
evil and banality dispensed with. 
I don't like sordid or morbid pic- 
tures. And I think some longhair 
critics are all wrong when they 
confuse art with adultery and ob- 
scenity." 

Metro, which made 29 pix last 
year, will up its number by about 
six in the coming season, Schary 
disclosed. This means a boosting 
of the production budget. The in- 
crease in number is primarily in- 
tended, he said, to keep the com- 
pany's backlog high enough to af- 
ford flexibility in releasing sched- 
ules. 

-No specific budget ceiling such 
as has been fixed by some other 
majors will be clamped on Metro's 
future product, according to 
Schary. "While I'm not going to 
say a picture is going to cost so 
much or so little, I'm still aware 
that the potential market has 
shrunk. The smartest approach is 
to budget for the domestic mar- 
ket. At the same time, I've never 
said that the foreign market is 
lost entirely." 

$3,000,000 Gross For A's 
Schary estimates the average 
domestic take of a good A pic un- 
der current conditions at $3,000,- 
000. By this he does not mean top 
AA films. In effect, he explained, 
his estimate puts a production 
cost ceiling of $1,600,000 on the 
average A feature. 

Neither he nor Metro has "any 
unusual plans available" for cost- 
cutting operations. "The way to 
slash costs are simple and basic 
and everybody knows about them 
although they're not always ap- 
plied. Such tMngs as better prep* 
aration of scripts to avoid overlong 
films are the way out for producing 
companies." Costs have been de- 
clining for the past eight months, 
he added, but the percentage of 
decline is not easily ascertainable, 
Schary has overall supervision of 
all Metro production, domestically 
and abroad, subject only to com- 
mand of Louis B. Mayer, M-G's 
studio chief. His contract, conced- 
edly "unusually long" has 14 years 
to run, he said. Understood that it 
is for seven years with an option 
to renew for another seven. His 
relationship with Mayer is the 
same as he had with N. Peter Rath- 
von, then company prexy at RKO, 
Schary stated. 

Studio Changes 
On the subject of changes in 
Metro's personnel, M-G newcomer 
declared "I don't know when there 
will be changes or if changes will 
take place. I'll undoubtedly add 
manpower as we go along. Un- 
questionably, it will be people I 
know, respect and have worked 
with." 

When the omnipresent question 
of television popped up, Schary 
edged away. "It's too early to 
answer that one (effect.on film biz). 
I don't know and I don't think any- 
one else knows. If they tell you. 
they're really coffee-housing you.' 
M-G has no plans at present to 
make pix exclusively for video, 
Schary added. 

Schary returns to the Coast 
today (Wed.). He has had confabs 
with all Metro's h.o. officials while 
here. 



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Raleigh. 

The Ritz, new picture house ex- 
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Salisbury. It has all modern 
equipment Including air-condition- 
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Bluraenfeld's Interest in 4 L A. 
I Music Halls to Corwin and Lesser 



j Hollywood, Aug. 10. 

' Sherrill Corwin and Sol Lesser 
take over Joe Blumenfeld's inter- 
ests in the Los Angeles Music Hall 
theatres this week, following Anal 
inking of papers yesterday (9) . Pur- 
chase was stymied last April be- 
cause of title problems arising 
from the assignment of leases on 
the properties. This problem was 
cleared over the weekend, permit- 
ting finalizatiqn of the deal cover- 
ing a portion of United Artists in- 
terests in the Down town.Holly wood 
and Beverly Hills Music Halls, as 
well as all of Blumenfeld's inter- 
ests in the local houses and the 
United Artists theatre in Frisco. 

New operators have extensive 
plans for raising the unit's seating 
capacity. The Hollywood MH will 
be upped to 1,300 seats, giving an 
overall capacity approximately of 
4,000. The fifth house will be added 
at a later date, bringing the total 
seats to 5.000, or equal to the 
majority of other first run units 
locally. 

With the increased seating, Cor- 
win and Lesser expect to step out 
in pushing product for extended 
runs, assuring maximum returns to 
United Artists theatres. Price 
policy will be flexible to permit 
advance prices for films warranting 
It This is expected to be advan- 
tageous to producers with costly 
features that need maximum ex- 
tended runs to rate profit. 
* With smaller operating unit of 



| the Halls, compared to other first 
run deluxers, top pix can be held 
indefinitely at advanced admissions. 
Pooling arrangement between Al 
Galston and Jay Sutton, operators 
of the Hawaii and Bevhills Music 
Hall, and Blumenfeld will be con- 
tinued under the new setup. G & S 
recently inked a new three-year 
agreement starting Aug. 1, with 
Blumenfeld. This will be trans- 
ferred to Corwin and Lesser. 

New operators kickoff the take- 
over with "Zuniba," Brazilian jun- 
gle film lensed on location by 
George Breakstone and York Cop- 
len. They are holding over "Olym- 
pic Cavalcade" with it. "Pitfall " 
opens Aug. 20, as first of parade of 
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others had suggested a ceiling of 
$1,000,000. 

Instead, the beginning of con- 
fabs resulted in the fixing of the 
higher ceiling, with emphasis on 
other economy measures. Produc- 
tion plans now mapped mean that 
the company will turn out quality 
films for an average of $1,500,000. 
Few will hit the $2,000,000 mark 
and none will go higher, a com- 
pany spokesman told Variety. 
Careful planning cost-wise will at- 
tend to that, he said. 

First $1,500,000 budgeter will 
be "Amboy Dukes" with Maxwell 
Shane producing-directing. Total 
of nine are expected to be started 
by the year's end with four prob- 
ably completed by that date. 
Twenty writers are now scripting. 

Following "Amboy" will be Irv- 
ing Brecher's indie production of 
his "Life of Biley," and "Night 
Watch." Others being prepared are 
"Air Crash," "Illegal Entry," 
"Take One False Step," "Toma- 
hawk" and "Bagdad." Latter two 
are in Technicolor, as is anothgr 
untitled -screenplay. 
. Attending the huddles are J. 
Cheever Cowdin, U's board chair- 
man; Nate Blumberg, company 
prexy; William A. Scully, distribu- 
tion veepee; Goetz as production 
head; Leo Spitz, board chairman 
of Universal-Internationl; Charles 
D. Prutzman, general counsel; 
Joseph H. Seidelman, foreign 
chief; John Joseph, ad-pub top- 
per; Maurice Bergman, eastern ad- 
pub head; Robert Goldstein, east- 
ern studio rep; and Edward Muhl, 
studio exec. 

The big cry which Goetz faced 
was to get away from pretentious 
critics' films which win the kudoes 
and then die at the boxoffice. Two 
of those being cited at Universal as 
prime examples are "Another Part 
of the Forest" and "Letter from 
an Unknown Woman." Both pix, 
along with others of their ilk, are 
blobs of red ink on U's profit-and- 
loss statement. 

Proponents of a return to B's 
and exploitation films had been 
strengthened by recent boxoffice 
performances of several of the 
company's films. Biggest argument 
was the business currently being 
pulled in by two of the company's 
lesser films— at least from a pres- 
tige standpoint. 

Brace of pix in question are 
"Abbott & Costello Meet Frank- 
enstein" and "Feudin*, Fussin' and 
A'Fightin'." While some of U's 
$1,500,000-$2,000,000 product has 
caved in at the wickets, these two 
are piling up fancy grosses. A & C 
pic cost less than $1,000,000 and is 
figured to do $2,500,000-$3,000,000 
domestically. "Feudin"' had a 
production nut of $600,000 but will 
better $1,000,000 on current re- 
turns. 

U's Writing Mill 

Universal's writing mill had 12 
scripters at work preparing screen- 
plays fop the resumption of film- 
ing after the current shutdown. 
Nine of the scribes are busy on 
feature films and three on shorts 
to be produced by Will Cowan. 

Michael Blankfort is working on 
"Air Crash," Robert Buckner on 
"Night Watch," Maurice Geraghty 
on "Tomahawk," Tamara Hovcy 
on "Bagdad," Joel Malone on "II- 
?ugal Entry," Irwin Shaw on 
"Take One False Step," Irving 
Brecher on "The Life of Riley" 
(which he owns and is producing 
independently) and Oscar Brodney 
on an untitled yam. Working on 
shorts are Lucl Ward, Jack Nat- 
teford and Edward Bock. 



Singer's Ankiing 

Continued from pace 3 ssi 

ago. Long close to Sears, Lazarus, 
as a result of the realignment, will, 
to aU intents and purposes, be serv- 
ing as general sales manager, ex- 
cept that the top execs under him 
will have somewhat more autonomy 
than usual. 

Lazarus, the company announced, 
"will maintain policy and adminis- 
trative supervision" over the sales 
organization. "This move," it was 
stated, "will free Sears for greater 
concentration on corporate affairs 
and the securing of product. 

Two sales managers, one for the 
east and one for the west, have 
been named in the new setup and 
will report directly to Sears and 
Lazarus. They are Edward M. 
Schnitzer, who has been eastern 
division manager and will continue 
to handle the eastern territory, and 
Fred Jack, southern district mana- 
ger, who will be in charge of the 
western territory. Actually, Jack 
has been serving pro tern in the 
western division managership since 
resignation of Maury Orr a. couple 
of months ago. He will continue to 
headquarter' in Dallas. ; 

Mark Silver's Shift 
Further strengthening the setup 
is the transfer of Mark N. Silver 
from the PhiUy-Pittsburgh-Wash- 
ington district managership to New 
York as aide to Schnitzer. He'll 
handle circuit deals and other spe- 
cial assignments. A former pub- 
licity man who turned to distribu- 
tion in 1936, he's viewed by UA's 
top brass as one of its most-likely- 
to-s u c c e e d-to-high-places contin- 
gent. 

Changes in the foreign depart- 
ment are also expected. It is 
known that Arthur W. Kelly, exec 
v.p., who presides over the inter- 
national organization, is awaiting 
expiration of certain contracts to 
realign his staff. 

Slow liquidation of product on 
the domestic front has been one 
of UA's chief sources of headaches, 
frequently contributing to lack of 
sufficient income to keep it in the 
black and preventing it from get- 
ting much potential product from 
indies. 

Other Aims 

The streamlining of the organ- 
ization which has taken place this 
week is not primarily a money- 
saving device, but to clear blocks 
from getting pix dated as fast as 
possible. That will improve UA's 
financial status, since it will mean 
more pix in release simultaneously 
in earlier stages of amortization. 
That means more income per week. 

Trouble in the past has been — 
partly due to the fact tfiat many 
of the pictures have been weak — 
that UA's staff has been unable to 
get dates for them fast enough 
and they've piled up. Company 
would set Oct. 1 release date for 
a film, for instance, and find it 
didn't actually play its first engage- 
ment until perhaps Dec. 1. That 
cost much income. 

It also caused producers to look 
elsewhere for distribution deals. 
Banks and second-money lenders 
were loath to advance coin to the 
indie filmmakers when there was 
an abnormally long period between 
delivery and release, as happened 
at UA. By pressing for more speed, 
Sears hopes to make UA distri- 
bution more attractive to under- 
writers and, as a result, to pro- 
ducers. 

Likewise, it is thought, UA's pro- 
ducers with adequate sources of 
financing now will be encouraged 
to make more films. They hadn't 
much reason to increase their out- 
put when perhaps one, or even two, 
of their films was still on the shelf 
unreleased. Thus, the sales depart- 
ment changes, it is hoped, will add 
to the quantity and quality of UA's 
product. 

Sears left New York Friday (6), 
the day after details of the realign- 
ment were agreed upon, for Chi- 
cago and the Coast. He's had meet- 
ings the beginning of this week 
with district managers in Chi to 
explain the new setup and lay 
down the law on what he wants in 
the future. He'll hold similar ses- 
sions in Los Angeles later in the 
week with the rest of the district 
managers. 

Further reassignment of the 
branch and district managers is ex- 
pected. Clayton Eastman, chief of 
the Boston, New Haven and Buf- 
falo district, has resigned. 



Latinos' Lament Again 

That •old Latino war cry that 
Hollywood pix are distorting 
the South Americans' view of 
U. S. life got its first airing in 
five or. six years in the New 
York press this week. Ship 
news reporters picked up the 
squawk in interviewing an Ar- 
gentine lawyer, Isaac Garcia. 

Garcia said that Hollywood 
emphasizes crime, divorce and 
drinking, instead of showing 
the fine home life and "the 
goodness and charity of the 
American people." This beef, 
once frequent, hasn't been 
heard, as applying to Latin 
America, since the U. S. Office 
of Coordinator of Inter-Ameri- 
can Affairs (Rockefeller Com- 
mittee) went into action in 
1942. It started a program of 
weeding out unsuitable films 
that has since been adopted by 
the Motion Picture Assn. of 
America and applied on a 
worldwide basis. 



EL Proves 

Continued from page 3 



earlier stages at costs of $900,000- 
$1,200,000, not a single film lensed 
since June of last year has yet to 
turn in a loss, a company spokes- 
man said. Only the amortization of 
the more expensive, older films is 
now keeping the company from 
better than the break-even point. 
Once they are out of the way, EL 
will consistently rack up profits, 
it's claimed. 

At the same time, the change in 
production policy pushed through 
by Krim, plus new sales super- 
vision by William J. Heineman, dis- 
tribution veepee, has seen the com- 
pany score a sharp gain in rentals. 
Since June, 1947, domestic reven- 
ues have climbed by 150%. 

"Canon City," company spokes- 
man said, is a case in point. Film, 
produced by Bryan Foy on the EL 
lot, cost only $387,000 to make. 
With it now piling up substantial 
grosses throughout the country, 
"Canon" is expected to be the com- 
pany's most profitable film to date 
with a take figured at $2,000,000. 
"T-Men," EL's biggest grosser so 
far, cost $450,000 and is raking in 
$1,500,000 in domestic rentals. 

Basing his action on experience 
garnered with the most recent re- 
leases, Krim has ordered that no 
films be made unless they have a 
specific exploitation angle. Com- 
pany's success in the near past has 
been engineered by parlaying 
drastically-slashed budgets with 
pix which lend themselves to 
easier sales via an exploitation-pub- 
licity handle. 

Krim's permanent h.q. on the 
Coast, away from his New York 
base, has been made easier through 
close cooperation of Robert Ben- 
jamin, attorney to Robert R. Young, 
controlling stockholder of EL, and 
a law partner of the EL prez. Ben- 
jamin, who is incidentally head of 
J. Arthur Rank's U. S. organiza- 
tion, acts as alter ego for Krim 
handling, policy matters which crop 
up at the homeoffice. 



WB Selling 

Continued from page 



syndicate to buy the 68 Warner 
houses in this area. 

Ehrenburg's syndicate allegedly 
had been formed at a meeting in 
the Hotel Claridge, Atlantic City, 
and was supposed to have the back- 
ing of Jimmy Cromwell, Doris 
Duke's ex, the late John D'Agostl* 
no (Renault Wine Co. president) 
and several others. 

Known as a promoter of sorts, 
Ehrenburg's idea was discounted 
and believed to have stemmed 
from the recent divestiture suits 
entered against the film majors. 
At the local Warner office, Ted 
Schlanger, zone manager, merely 
laughed when queried about the 
"Ehrenburg purchase." The staff 
at Warners joshlngly called Ehren- • 
burg "boss" when he entered for 
premium sales. 

Report, however, started discus- 
sion of possibilities of sale and 
soon gossip about the Loew's-Para- 
mount-RKO deal began to circu- 
late. 

The reasons why Warners would 
be in mood to drop houses is evi- 
dent. Local setup has been unsatis- 
factory from the exhib standpoint 
for some time. Entry of William 
Goldman into the scene as first- 
run competitor upset the tidy hold 
the Warner people had on the big 
midtown houses. 

It also charged the Philadelphia 
film setup has evolved into a dis- 
tributors' field day. Competitive 
bidding jacked up prices of pic- 
tures beyond hope of reasonable 
profit. It is well known, for ex- 
ample, that $35,000 was bid for a 
picture that grossed., only $39,000 
in a five-week run. 

Film men here find themselves 
unable to predict what sort of a 
dog-fight will ensue if six bidders 
enter the first-run scramble. One 
thing they are agreed on, the pub- 
lic will benefit as the result of the 
free-for-all—the public and the lo- 
cal advertising media, newspapers, 
radio, etc. 

Concerning the Ehrenburg deal, 
he was said to be making an offer 1 
to Harry M. Warner. Checkup 
through local Warner office reveals 
that the promoter has not had to 
date even an appointment with 
the head man. 



New York Theatres 



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700-Car Drive-In Near Salt Lake 
Salt Lake City. 
Newest drive-in to open in this 
area is the Hyland, 700-car capac- 
ltl operation, owned by William P. 
Wright. 



Katz Talks 

Continued from page 3 



coming to him, including bonuses 
which would be due him. Katz told 
Variety yesterday that since the 
death of his brother he felt that he 
would have to devote more time to 
their joint interests. Monarch 
Theatres, organized by the Katz 
brothers, Milton Feld and Dave 
Chatkin in 1933, has lost three of 
the partners through death in the 
last year or so, and with 40 to 50 
theatres in operation, Katz feels 
duty-bound to look after these in- 
terests personally, besides other in- 
terests he has. The Monarch group 
is located in the midwest, with 
principal holdings in Illinois, In- 
diana, Ohio, and some houses in 
Pennsylvania. 



'2 Guys' Texas Preem 

San Antonio, Aug. 10. 

Warner's "Two Guys From 
Texas" preemed here at the Ma- 
jestic with Jack Carson, Dennis 
Morgan and Dorothy Malone, stars 
of the film here in person. Others 
in the group attending included 
Mort Blumenstock, v.p. in charge 
of advertising for Warners; Herb 
Pickman, Blumenstock's assistant, 
of New York; and Bill Hendrick, 
Hollywood press agent. 

From here, the group went, to 
Houston and to Dallas for Initial 
showings of film. 



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Big-scale western. Well-stocked with ac- 
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ACTION 



Head-and-shoulders above routine western. 
Production, camera, acting, story, direction 
unquestionably superior. 

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Good western. Generous helping of ,sus- 
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Well plotted western. Top production. High 
satisfaction. 

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Tightly-woven story. Tense and credible 
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-INDEPENDENT FILM JOURNAL 



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Big brawling western that will stand up in 
any situation. Solidly based story. Director 
has given a wallop that spells sturdy en- 
tertainment. 

- DAILY VARIETY 



Slam-bang oater. Will be big hit with action 
fans and all who like good entertainment. 
Lots of suspense. 

— HOLLYWOOD REPORTER 




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cast. Spectacular production values. Hair- 
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Cfips from Film Row 



NEW YORK 

TvToe Goldman and Gilbert Jo 
sephson closed longterm lease for 
the Audubon theatre, 2,800-seater 
in upper Manhattan. New lessees 
plan opening the house Sept. 1 
after complete renovations. Lessor 
company is Broadway-St. Nicholas, 
Inc., headed by Jack Schechter. 
Berk & Krumgold agented the deal. 

William B. Zoellner, head of 
Metro's short subject and reprint 
sales, shoved off for Chicago' yes- 
terday (Tues.) for a series of meets 
with four field sales managers. 
Zoellner. will be in Chi for one 
week then heads for Los Angeles, 
Pittsburgh and Washington. 

i PITTSBURGH 

Morris Lefko, ex-RKO manager 
here recently elevated to a district 
sales berth, will be honored by 
Variety Club at a testimonial din- 
ner in William Penn hotel bn Aug. 
30. 

Bill Shartin, who left manager- 
ship of UA in Pittsburgh some 
time ago to go with Eagle Lion in 
Cleveland, heads Film Classics 
setup in Seattle-Portland territory. 

Werner (Fuzzy) Lund, indie cir- 
cuit owner, wijl construct a new 
850-seat theatre in Carmichaels, 
Pa., adjacent to present Lund 
house. 

Mark Goldman, former Mono- 
gram head here, resigned as Eagle 
Lion manager in Cleveland, suc- 
ceeded by Robert R. Richardson, 
long-time RKO salesman. 

Leo, Isaacs quit sales berth with 
Columbia. He had been ill for a 
week but was back on job when 
surprise resignation was an- 
nounced. 



i ST. LOUIS 

Sam Pirtle, head of